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Quentin Crisp Quotes

(1908), British Author

A gentleman doesn't pounce he glides. If a woman sits on a piece of furniture which permits your sitting beside her, you are free to regard this as an invitation, though not an unequivocal one.

Category: Seduction

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.

Category: Self-image

Sex is the last refuge of the miserable.

Category: Sex

Euphemisms are not, as many young people think, useless verbiage for that which can and should be said bluntly; they are like secret agents on a delicate mission, they must airily pass by a stinking mess with barely so much as a nod of the head, make their point of constructive criticism and continue on in calm forbearance. Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.

Category: Tact And Tactfulness

If you describe things as better than they are, you are considered to be a romantic; if you describe things as worse than they are, you will be called a realist; and if you describe things exactly as they are, you will be thought of as a satirist.

Category: Writers And Writing

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.

Category: Youth