Anthony Burgess

1917 - 1994

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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A Quote by Anthony Burgess on day

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Bath twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace.

Anthony Burgess (1917 - 1994)

Source: Inside Mr. Enderby, ch. 2, sct. 1, 1963.

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A Quote by Anthony Burgess on books, fiction, money, and value

Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture. Unread, it maintains its value. Read, it looks like money wasted. Cunningly, Americans know that books contain a person, and they want the person, not the book.

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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