Quotes by Quentin Crisp

Quentin Crisp

Quentin Crisp

English writer and actor

Alive from: 1908-1999

Category: Movie | Writers (Contemporary)

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    Keeping up with the Joneses was a full-time job with my mother and father. It was not until many years later when I lived alone that I realized how much cheaper it was to drag the Joneses down to my level.
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    Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave.
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    Living en famille provides the strongest motives for rudeness combined with the maximum opportunity for displaying it.
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    Love is the extra effort we make in our dealings with those whom we do not like and once you understand that, you understand all. This idea that love overtakes you is nonsense. This is but a polite manifestation of sex. To love another you have to undertake some fragment of their destiny.
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    Manners are love in a cool climate.
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    My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.
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    Nothing more rapidly inclines a person to go into a monastery than reading a book on etiquette. There are so many trivial ways in which it is possible to commit some social sin.
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    Of course I lie to people. But I lie altruistically - for our mutual good. The lie is the basic building block of good manners. That may seem mildly shocking to a moralist - but then what isn t?
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    Sex is the last refuge of the miserable.
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    The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple: you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
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    The law is simply expediency wearing a long white dress.
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    The poverty from which I have suffered could be diagnosed as ''Soho'' poverty. It comes from having the airs and graces of a genius and no talent.
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    The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.
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    The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
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    There is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse.
    Source: The Naked Civil Servant (1968) Ch. 15
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