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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Youth is a period of missed opportunities.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's done is done.
- William Shakespeare

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

I Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving -
I have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.
I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.
I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Inner peace can be reached
only when we practice forgiveness ...
letting go of the past,
and correcting our misperceptions.
- Gerald Jampolsky

If we open a quarrel between past and present,
we shall find that we have lost the future.
- Winston Churchill

The past does not equal the future.
- Anthony Robbins

You change the past when you change the way you see it.
- Alan Cohen

In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to
remember seven generations in the past and
consider seven generations in the future
when making decisions that affect the people.
- Wilma Mankiller

RESPONSIBILITY: Fulfill the obligations that the past posts to me.
Embrace the opportunity for service based in love.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Create your future from your future not your past.
- Werner Erhard

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

For time and the world do not stand still.
Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

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

Whatever happened in the past,
forgive yourself and others.
Choose love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fear not for the future,
weep not for the past.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Fill your heart with the creative power
to accept the past,
decorate the present
and transform the future.
- Osho

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting
on his past actions and their motives -
of approving of some and disapproving of others.
- Charles Darwin

Drive into your future looking at the open road ahead
rather than into the rear-view mirror of your past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The past has no power over the present moment.
- Eckhart Tolle

The distinction between the past, present and future
is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
- Albert Einstein

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


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