Anthony Burgess

1917 - 1994

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 art and danger

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Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.

Anthony Burgess (1917 - 1994)

Source: Face, London, December 1984.

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