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Nothing more rapidly inclines a person to go into a
by Quentin Crisp

Nothing more rapidly inclines a person to go into a
monastery than reading a book on etiquette.
There are so many trivial ways in which it is possible
to commit some social sin.
- Quentin Crisp

The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple:
you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities
but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
- Quentin Crisp

My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.
- Quentin Crisp

The British do not expect happiness.
I had the impression, all the time that I lived there,
that they do not want to be happy; they want to be right.
- Quentin Crisp

 

The poverty from which I have suffered could be diagnosed as "Soho" poverty.
It comes from having the airs and graces of a genius and no talent.
- Quentin Crisp

For an introvert his environment is himself and can
never be subject to startling or unforeseen change.
- Quentin Crisp

Abatement in the hostility of one's enemies must never
be thought to signify they have been won over.
It only means that one has ceased to constitute a threat.
- Quentin Crisp

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If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style.
- Quentin Crisp

Never keep up with the Joneses.
Drag them down to your level.
- Quentin Crisp

Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave.
- Quentin Crisp

Decency must be an even more exhausting state to maintain than its opposite.
Those who succeed seem to need a stupefying amount of sleep.
- Quentin Crisp

Love is not enough.
It must be the foundation, the cornerstone-
but not the complete structure.
It is much too pliable, too yielding.
- Quentin Crisp

Living en famille provides the strongest motives for
rudeness combined with the maximum opportunity for displaying it.
- Quentin Crisp

An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with
the last installment missing.
- Quentin Crisp

The trouble with children is that they're not returnable.
- Quentin Crisp

Vice is its own reward.
It is virtue which, if it is to be marketed with consumer appeal,
must carry Green Shield stamps.
- Quentin Crisp

There is no need to do any housework at all.
After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse.
- Quentin Crisp

Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.
- Quentin Crisp

Men get laid, but women get screwed.
- Quentin Crisp

I recommend limiting one's involvement in other people's
lives to a pleasantly scant minimum.
- Quentin Crisp

The young always have the same problem -
how to rebel and conform at the same time.
They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
- Quentin Crisp

The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing
opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things
that other people think about us.
- Quentin Crisp

For flavor, instant sex will never supersede the stuff
you have to peel and cook.
- Quentin Crisp

Is not the whole world a vast house of assignation
of which the filing system has been lost?
- Quentin Crisp

To know all is not to forgive all.
It is to despise everybody.
- Quentin Crisp

However low a man sinks he never reaches the level of the police.
- Quentin Crisp

It's no good running a pig farm badly for 30 years while saying,
'Really, I was meant to be a ballet dancer.'
By then,
pigs will be your style.
- Quentin Crisp

Manners are love in a cool climate.
- Quentin Crisp

You fall out of your mother's womb, you crawl across open country under fire,
and drop into your grave.
- Quentin Crisp

The law is simply expediency wearing a long white dress.
- Quentin Crisp

Sex is the last refuge of the miserable.
- Quentin Crisp

Health consists of having the same diseases as one's neighbors.
- Quentin Crisp

Though intelligence is powerless to modify character,
it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
- Quentin Crisp

Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are.
- Quentin Crisp

Nothing shortens a journey so pleasantly as an account
of misfortunes at which the hearer is permitted to laugh.
- Quentin Crisp

The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately
to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person.
I would describe this method of searching for happiness as immature.
Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency.
- Quentin Crisp

When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist,
a woman in the audience stood up and said,
'Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God
of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?
- Quentin Crisp

It is explained that all relationships require a little give and take.
This is untrue.
Any partnership demands that we give and give and give and at the last,
as we flop into our graves exhausted,
we are told that we didn't give enough.
- Quentin Crisp

It is not the simple statement of facts that ushers in freedom;
it is the constant repetition of them that has this liberating effect.
Tolerance is the result not of enlightenment,
but of boredom.
- Quentin Crisp

There are three reasons for becoming a writer:
the first is that you need the money;
the second that you have something to say that you
think the world should know;
the third is that you can't think what to do with the long winter evenings.
- Quentin Crisp

I simply haven't the nerve to imagine a being,
a force, a cause which keeps the planets revolving
in their orbits and then suddenly stops in order to
give me a bicycle with three speeds.
- Quentin Crisp

In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast.
Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt
find that without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis.
- Quentin Crisp

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
- Helen Keller

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

Fully experience THIS moment -
breathe in, breathe out - nothing more.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted.
- Garrison Keillor

Where There is Love,
Nothing is Missing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.
- Marie Curie

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you
it's going to be a butterfly.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water,
yet nothing can resist it.
- Lao Tzu

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing is at last sacred, but the integrity of your own mind.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The future has nothing in common with the past -
except natural laws and human nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Is freedom anything else than the right
to live as we wish? Nothing else.
- Epictetus

A warrior acts as if he knows what he is doing,
when in effect he knows nothing.
- Carlos Castaneda

If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
If you are not afraid of dying,
there is nothing you cannot achieve.
- Lao Tzu

The Tao abides in non-action,
Yet nothing is left undone.
- Lao Tzu

Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.
- Epicurus

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
- Elbert Hubbard

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
- Mark Twain

With the past, I have nothing to do;
nor with the future. I live now.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
- Socrates


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