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Quentin Crisp

Quentin Crisp (English writer, artist's model, actor and raconteur known for his memorable and insightful witticisms. He became a gay icon in the 1970s after publication of his memoir, The Naked Civil Servant, brought to the attention of the general public his defiant exhibitionism and longstanding refusal to conceal his homosexuality.
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Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level.

Quentin Crisp

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

Nothing in our culture, not even home computers, is more overrated than the epidermal felicity of two featherless bipeds in desperate congress.

Quentin Crisp

One should always be wary of anyone who promises that their love will last longer than a weekend.

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Flowers are words even a baby can understand.

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Treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.

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Life was a funny thing that occured on the way to the grave.

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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.

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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?"

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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.

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

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The continued propinquity of another human being cramps the style after a time unless that person is somebody you think you love. Then the burden becomes intolerable at once.

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

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

Quentin Crisp

Fashion is for people who don't know who they are.

Quentin Crisp

Even holligans marry, though they know that marriage is but for a little while. It is alimony that is forever.

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

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

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

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

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

Quentin Crisp

The English think incompetence is the same thing as sincerity.

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

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

Quentin Crisp
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