Kingsley Amis

Kingsley Amis

English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher

Lived from: 1922-1995

Category: Media | Poets (Contemporary)

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    A bad review may spoil your breakfast, but you shouldn't allow it to spoil your lunch.
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    Being American is, I think, a very difficult thing in art, because all the elements are European.
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    Education is one thing and instruction, however worthy, necessary and incidentally or monetarily educative, another.
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    Growing older, I have lost the need to be political, which means, in this country, the need to be left. I am driven into grudging toleration of the Conservative Party because it is the party of non-politics, of resistance to politics.
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    He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
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    I was never an Angry Young Man. I am angry only when I hit my thumb with a hammer.
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    It is no wonder that people are so horrible when they start life as children.
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    It's never pleasant to have one's unquestioning beliefs put in their historical context, as I know from experience, I can assure you.
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    Laziness has become the chief characteristic of journalism, displacing incompetence.
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    Misprize common sense at your peril is my motto.
    Source: Stanley And The Women (2011) 266
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    More always means worse.
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    Now and then I become conscious of having the reputation of being one of the great drinkers, if not one of the great drunks, of our time.
    Source: Memoirs (1991)
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    Only a world without love strikes me as instantly and decisively more terrible than one without music.
    Source: The Amis collection: selected non-fiction (1990)
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    Outside every fat man there was an even fatter man trying to close in.
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    Politics is a thing that only the unsophisticated can really go for.
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