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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Anger is like a thorn in the heart.
- Yiddish Proverb

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when they are open.
- James Dewar

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
- Yiddish proverb

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

A person without a sense of humor
is like a wagon without springs.
It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Obstacles are like wild animals.
They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can.
If they see you are afraid of them...
they are liable to spring upon you;
but if you look them squarely in the eye,
they will slink out of sight.
- Orison Swett Marden

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time
like dew on the tip of a leaf.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
- Lao Tzu

Love is like a beautiful flower
which I may not touch,
but whose fragrance makes the garden
a place of delight just the same.
- Helen Keller

Know that time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
You give your own meaning to time, as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A discussion of philosophy is like a cat chasing its tail -
it may be an amusing diversion but
it has no chance for a satisfying conclusion.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Celebrate! Celebration is an expression of Gratitude.
Gratitude is like the prayer, while
Celebration is the hymn and sacred dance.
Celebration is its own road to happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Act the way you'd like to be
and soon you'll be the way you act.
- Leonard Cohen

Life is like a ten speed bicycle.
Most of us have gears we never use.
- Charles M. Schulz

We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks-
if we agree with him.
- Mark Twain


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