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We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament,
by 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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of life.
- 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

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

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

If we were to select the most intelligent,
imaginative, energetic, and emotionally stable third of mankind,
all races would be present.
- Franz Boas

America is becoming so educated that ignorance will be a novelty.
I will belong to the select few.
- Will Rogers

My thoughts are my company; I can bring them together,
select them, detain them, dismiss them.
- Walter Savage Landor

When I select a topic, it's usually a commitment of
two to three years of my life.
- Tracy Kidder

Let me just be very clear that the Republican Party
will select a nominee that will beat Bill Clinton.
- Dan Quayle

If someone were to put a proposition before men bidding them choose,
after examination, the best customs in the world,
each nation would certainly select its own.
- Herodotus

I thought they would never select an Eastern writer for the Nobel.
I was surprised.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Fortunately art is a community effort -
a small but select community living in a spiritualized
world endeavoring to interpret the wars and the solitudes of the flesh.
- Allen Ginsberg

For every issue, I send four pages of finished marginals
and they select the ones they need.
- Sergio Aragones

True happiness arises, in the first place,
from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next,
from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
- Joseph Addison

God has called us to be His representatives in our nation and in our world.
Select candidates who represent your views and work for their election.
- James Dobson

Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen;
the more select,
the more enjoyable.
- Louisa May Alcott

The rights of democracy are not reserved for a select group within society,
they are the rights of all the people.
- Olof Palme

Living in an entirely different physical as well as biotic environment,
such a population would have unique opportunities to
enter new niches and to select novel adaptive pathways.
- Ernst Mayr

When I need a word and do not find it in French,
I select it from other tongues, and the reader has
either to understand or translate me.
Such is my fate.
- Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

The main advantage of the omniscient approach is that
it's the easiest to handle.
That's the major reason so many writers select it.
- Arthur Herzog

Providing, meaning to a mass of unrelated needs,
ideas, words and pictures - it is the designer's job
to select and fit this material together and make it interesting.
- Paul Rand

The difference is slight, to the influence of an author,
whether he is read by 500 readers, or by five hundred thousand;
if he can select the 500,
he reaches the five hundred thousand.
- Brooks Adams

I have no shortage of material or offers,
it's just a case of what you select to do.
But I think it's realistic that my chances of playing Romeo are now over.
- Sean Connery

Every writer has to figure out what works best -
and often has to select and discard different tools
before they find the one that fits.
- Nora Roberts

Destiny is something men select; women achieve it only
by default or stupendous suffering.
- Harriet Rosenstein

I try to choose the songs that really are basically coming from my heart.
I think that through the songs that I select,
people know what's going on in my life.
- Diana Ross


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