quotes of Cyril Connolly; 87 quotes

"There cannot be a personal God without a pessimistic religion. As soon as there is a personal God he is a disappointing God."

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"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."

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"Green leaves on a dead tree is our epitaph -- green leaves, dear reader, on a dead tree."

"The goal of every culture is to decay through over-civilization; the factors of decadence, -- luxury, skepticism, weariness and superstition, -- are constant. The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next."

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"We love but once, for once only are we perfectly equipped for loving."

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

"The shock, for an intelligent writer, of discovering for the first time that there are people younger than himself who think him stupid is severe"

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"Doing is overrated, and success undesirable, but the bitterness of failure even more so"

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"Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of life."

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"The civilized are those who get more out of life than the uncivilized, and for this the uncivilized have not forgiven them"

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