Anthony Burgess

1917 - 1994

A Quote by Anthony Burgess

but what i do, i do because i like to do.

Anthony Burgess (1917 - 1994)

Source: a clockwork orange

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A Quote by Anthony Burgess on life

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Life is a wretched gray Saturday, but it has to be lived through.

Anthony Burgess (1917 - 1994)

Source: On Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, London Times, 10 April 86

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A Quote by Anthony Burgess on money and needs

We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation.

Anthony Burgess (1917 - 1994)

Source: Face, London, December 1984.

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A Quote by Anthony Burgess on intelligence

A novelist should not be too intelligent either, although . . . he may be permitted to be an intellectual.

Anthony Burgess (1917 - 1994)

Source: You've Had Your Time, ch. 2, 1990.

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A Quote by Anthony Burgess on nature, novelty, people, and world

Novelists are perhaps the last people in the world to be entrusted with opinions. The nature of a novel is that it has no opinions, only the dialectic of contrary views, some of which, all of which, may be untenable and even silly.

Anthony Burgess (1917 - 1994)

Source: You've Had Your Time, ch. 2, 1990.

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A Quote by Anthony Burgess on books, possessions, and reading

The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.

Anthony Burgess (1917 - 1994)

Source: New York Times Book Review

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A Quote by Anthony Burgess on beginning and trouble

The trouble began with Forster. After him it was considered ungentlemanly to write more than five or six novels.

Anthony Burgess (1917 - 1994)

Source: Guardian, London, 24 February 1989.

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A Quote by Anthony Burgess on habits and mind

The unconscious mind has a habit of asserting itself in the afternoon.

Anthony Burgess (1917 - 1994)

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A Quote by Anthony Burgess on fiction, leisure, life, listening, peace, retirement, and war

Americans will listen, but they do not care to read. War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement, which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room. Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture.

Anthony Burgess (1917 - 1994)

Source: You've Had Your Time, ch. 2, 1990.

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A Quote by Anthony Burgess on children

He said it was artificial respiration but now I find I'm to have his child.

Anthony Burgess (1917 - 1994)

Source: Inside Mr. Enderby, 1963.

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