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A best-seller is the golden touch of mediocre talent. ...
by Cyril Connolly

A best-seller is the golden touch of mediocre talent.
- Cyril Connolly

It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book.
- Cyril Connolly

The worst vice of the solitary is the worship of his food.
- Cyril Connolly

The true index of a man's character is the health of his wife.
- Cyril Connolly

 

The dread of lonliness is greater than the fear of bondage,
so we get married.
- Cyril Connolly

The more books we read, the clearer it becomes that
the true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece
and that no other task is of any consequence.
- Cyril Connolly

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

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Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime,
but middle class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
- Cyril Connolly

The artist is a member of the leisured classes who
cannot pay for his leisure.
- Cyril Connolly

There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear
of what the neighbours will say.
- Cyril Connolly

No taste is so acquired as that for someone else's quality of mind.
- Cyril Connolly

Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose.
- Cyril Connolly

There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall.
- Cyril Connolly

Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed
which a child brings home glistening from the beach
and which in an hour have lost their luster.
- Cyril Connolly

Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising.
- Cyril Connolly

As repressed sadists are supposed to become policemen
or butchers so those with an irrational fear of life become publishers.
- Cyril Connolly

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

When young we are faithful to individuals,
when older we grow loyal to situations and to types.
- Cyril Connolly

The only way for writers to meet is to share a quick
peek over a common lamp-post.
- Cyril Connolly

A great writer creates a world of his own and his readers are proud to live in it.
A lesser writer may entice them in for a moment,
but soon he will watch them filing out.
- Cyril Connolly

Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear.
- Cyril Connolly

The civilized are those who get more out of life than the uncivilized,
and for this we are not likely to be forgiven.
- Cyril Connolly

Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice,
and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness.
- Cyril Connolly

The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence,
to be always calm to let each wave of life wash us
a little farther up the shore.
- Cyril Connolly

When we have ceased to love the stench of the human animal,
either in others or in ourselves, then are we condemned to misery,
and clear thinking can begin.
- Cyril Connolly

Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate it;
a child who fears noises becomes a man who hates noise.
- Cyril Connolly

In the sex war, thoughtlessness is the weapon of the male,
vindictiveness of the female.
- Cyril Connolly

The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles,
and from that moment he is following the dark rapids
of an underground river which may sometimes flow so
near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above.
- Cyril Connolly

Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice;
journalism what will be grasped at once.
- Cyril Connolly

It is a mistake to expect good work from expatriates
for it is not what they do that matters but what they are not doing.
- Cyril Connolly

No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning.
- Cyril Connolly

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

Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel,
a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature.
- Cyril Connolly

No one over thirty-five is worth meeting who has not something to teach us,
- something more than we could learn for ourselves,
from a book.
- Cyril Connolly

All charming people have something to conceal,
usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.
- Cyril Connolly

We love but once, for once only are we perfectly equipped for loving.
- Cyril Connolly

The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.
- Cyril Connolly

Imprisoned in every fat man a thin man is wildly signaling to be let out.
- Cyril Connolly

Youth is a period of missed opportunities.
- Cyril Connolly

Civilization is maintained by a very few people in
a small number of places and we need only some bombs
and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.
- Cyril Connolly

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

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

The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece
and no other task is of any consequence.
- Cyril Connolly

A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he set out,
will have condemned himself to second-hand thoughts
and to second-rate friends.
- Cyril Connolly

Idleness is only a coarse name for my infinite capacity
for living in the present.
- Cyril Connolly

For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?
- Cyril Connolly

Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of life.
- Cyril Connolly

There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another.
This should be made clear to all who contemplate such a union.
The avoidance of this pain is the beginning of wisdom,
for it is strong enough to contaminate the rest of our lives.
- Cyril Connolly

Those of us who were brought up as Christians and have
lost our faith have retained the sense of sin without
the saving belief in redemption.
This poisons our thought and so paralyses us in action.
- Cyril Connolly

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The best cure for our own self-inflicted suffering
is often service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain

The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is best when I wish neither to hurry the future nor to slow it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung

You may call God love, you may call God goodness.
But the best name for God is compassion.
- Meister Eckhart

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Best Friends: we're a parade - even by ourselves!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.
- Irish Blessing

Today, I will do my best...
and then relax in the knowing
that I have done all I could.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Use what talents you possess.
The woods would be very silent
if no birds sang there,
except those that sang best.
- Henry Van Dyke

There are some things you learn best in calm,
and some in storm.
- Willa Cather

It is no use saying, "We are doing our best."
You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
- Winston Churchill

The best relationship is one in which
your love for each other
exceeds your need for each other.
- Anonymous

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Laughter is the best medicine.
- Anonymous

He who knows best knows how little he knows.
- Thomas Jefferson

Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln


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