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Quentin Crisp Quotes

(1908), British Author

Life is a game in which the rules are constantly changing; nothing spoils a game more than those who take it seriously. Adultery? Phooey! You should never subjugate yourself to another nor seek the subjugation of someone else to yourself. If you follow that Crispian principle you will be able to say ''Phooey,'' too, instead of reaching for your gun when you fancy yourself betrayed.

Category: Adultery

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?''

Category: Atheism

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

Category: Autobiography

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

Category: Character

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.

Category: Control

Whenever we confront an unbridled desire we are surely in the presence of a tragedy-in-the-making.

Category: Desire

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.

Category: Etiquette

This woman did not fly to extremes; she lived there.

Category: Extremes And Extremists

If Mr. Vincent Price were to be co-starred with Miss Bette Davis in a story by Mr. Edgar Allan Poe directed by Mr. Roger Corman, it could not fully express the pent-up violence and depravity of a single day in the life of the average family.

Category: Family

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

Category: Flirting

I recommend limiting one's involvement in other people's lives to a pleasantly scant minimum. This may seem too stoical a position in these madly passionate times, but madly passionate people rarely make good on their madly passionate promises.

Category: Involvement

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

Category: Knowledge

The law is simply expediency wearing a long white dress.

Category: Law And Lawyers

Of course I lie to people. But I lie altruistically -- for our mutual good. The lie is the basic building block of good manners. That may seem mildly shocking to a moralist -- but then what isn t?

Category: Lies And Lying

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

Category: Life And Living