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The civilized are those who get more out of life than the uncivilized,
by 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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Youth is a period of missed opportunities.
- Cyril Connolly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The civilized man has built a coach,
but has lost the use of his feet.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune.
- Thomas Fuller

We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

There is so much that must be done
in a civilized barbarism like war.
- Amelia Earhart

A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations.
They have the best implements of war.
- Herbert V. Prochnow

Civilized countries generally adopt gold or silver or both as money.
- Alfred Marshall

Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth.
It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and
civilized nations together.
- Daniel Webster

I consider that there are different degrees of civilization
and there are many different ways of expressing it.
But one is civilized or is not.
- Flora Lewis

Free and civilized societies do not hold prisoners incommunicado.
- Tom McClintock

No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is
drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Knowing how things work is the basis for appreciation,
and is thus a source of civilized delight.
- William Safire

The mark of a truly civilized man is confidence in
the strength and security derived from the inquiring mind.
- Felix Frankfurter

A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity
to the point of doubtful sanity.
- Robert Frost

I believe that free and civilized societies do not
hold prisoners incommunicado.
- Tom McClintock

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.
- Thomas Jefferson

I am not aware that any community has a right to force another to be civilized.
- John Stuart Mill

Nobody minded what you did in bed or what you said about God,
a very civilized attitude in 1948.
- Simon Raven

I have found the missing link between the higher ape and civilized man;
it is we.
- Konrad Lorenz

I expect that Woman will be the last thing civilized by Man.
- George Meredith

To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

I have often thought of it as one of the most barbarous customs in the world,
considering us as a civilized and a Christian country,
that we deny the advantages of learning to women.
- Daniel Defoe

I think, certainly in the more civilized societies,
women's roles are growing in power all of the time.
- Sally Quinn


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