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Quentin Crisp Quotes and Sayings

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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

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology Relationship Marriage

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manners are love in a cool climate.
- Quentin Crisp

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

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

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

Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.
- Quentin Crisp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Success has a simple formula:
do your best, and people may like it.
- Sam Ewing

Formula to live your dream:
1. Be bold. 2. Begin now, 3. No exceptions.
- William James

Every formula of every religion has, in this age of reason,
to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Formula for success: rise early, work hard,
strike oil.
- J. Paul Getty

My formula for living is quite simple.
I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night.
In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
- Cary Grant

The most important single ingredient in the formula
of success is knowing how to get along with people.
- Theodore Roosevelt

I truly don't have any formula for the choices I make.
- Javier Bardem

I think everyone has a certain kind of formula in their life.
When you deviate from that formula, you're going to
fail big or you're gonna win big.
- Sylvester Stallone

Many attempts have been made by writers on art and
poetry to define beauty in the abstract,
to express it in the most general terms,
to find some universal formula for it.
- Walter Pater

I don't buy into any of that hogwash.
They put that out to sell tickets.
It's just a classic horror movie, with the Greek drama
formula of good versus evil,
and lots of fear.
- Margot Kidder

The formula is the star.
I couldn't work inside that formula.
- Dianne Wiest

I go to see grand prix every year, and I watch every race on TV for sure.
I probably go to three or four CART races and three
or four Formula One races.
- Emerson Fittipaldi

A monopoly on the means of communication may define
a ruling elite more precisely than the celebrated Marxian
formula of monopoly in the means of production.
- Robert Anton Wilson

They say Formula One is a market which it can't be,
obviously.
Our market is independent, it's a sport.
- Bernie Ecclestone

Labels don't mean anything to me.
I'm trying to play as passionately as I'm able to.
If they want to call that cool, that's fine.
Just spell the name right, is the formula.
- Lee Konitz

The magic formula that successful businesses have discovered
is to treat customers like guests and employees like people.
- Tom Peters

There is no formula to making it to the NFL other than
good fortune and and playing well in college.
- Dante Hall

Through the mythology of Einstein, the world blissfully
regained the image of knowledge reduced to a formula.
- Roland Barthes

And that just shows you how important the car is in Formula One Racing.
- Murray Walker

A long apprenticeship is the most logical way to success.
The only alternative is overnight stardom,
but I can't give you a formula for that.
- Chet Atkins

We define only out of despair, we must have a formula...
to give a facade tot he void.
- Emile M. Cioran

It is going to be special to drive in the Netherlands
because it means I can take part in a Formula One demonstration
in a country where I have a lot of family and friends.
- Nelson Piquet

Anybody can write a film script 'cuz it has been reduced to a formula.
- Dirk Benedict

I try not to do anything by formula.
- Sean Lennon

Fate is the endless chain of causation,
whereby things are; the reason or formula by which the world goes on.
- Citium Zeno

I've found a formula for avoiding these exaggerated fears of age;
you take care of every day -
let the calendar take care of the years.
- Ed Wynn

If I am given a formula, and I am ignorant of its meaning,
it cannot teach me anything, but if I already know
it what does the formula teach me?
- Saint Aurelius Augustine

I think "Hero" is not a real martial arts movie;
it is not about violence,
or formula.
- Jet Li

There is no formula to it.
Writing every song is a little journey.
The first note has to lift you.
- Enya


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