Cyril Connolly

1903 - 1974

A Quote by Cyril Connolly on civilization, epoch, and manure

The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.

Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)

Source: The Unquiet Grave (1948).

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A Quote by Cyril Connolly

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than write for the public and have no self.

Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)

Source: Turnstile One, ed. V. S. Pritchett.

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A Quote by Cyril Connolly on niceness and writing

Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.

Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)

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A Quote by Cyril Connolly on absence, art, imagination, nostalgia, past, reality, and solution

Imagination is nostalgia for the past, the absent; it is the liquid solution in which art develops the snapshot of reality.

Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)

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A Quote by Cyril Connolly on control, disorder, and memory

Our memories are card indexes - consulted, and then and then returned in disorder, by authorities whom we do not control.

Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)

Source: The Unquiet Grave, 1944.

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A Quote by Cyril Connolly on laziness and wisdom

If one is too lazy to think, too vain to do a thing badly, too cowardly to admit it, one will never attain wisdom.

Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)

Source: The Unquiet Grave, 1944.

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A Quote by Cyril Connolly on death, discovery, friendship, life, meaning, people, and words

Two weeks before his death, a friend asked him half jokingly if he had discovered any meaning in life. "Yes," he replied, "there is a meaning; at least, for me, there is one thing that matters - to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people."

Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)

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A Quote by Cyril Connolly on happiness, illusions, passion, and temperament

We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy

Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)

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A Quote by Cyril Connolly on art, imagination, myth, and science

Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth.

Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)

Source: The Unquiet Grave, 1944.

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