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Anthony Burgess quotes: To some of us, the wresting of beauty out of language is the only thing in the world that matters. To some of us, the wresting of beauty out of language is the only thing in the world that matters.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Oh, I'm dying,' I like moaned. 'Oh, I have a ghastly pain in my side. Appendicitis, it is. Ooooooh.' 'Appendy shitehouse,' grumbled this veck. Oh, I'm dying,' I like moaned. 'Oh, I have a ghastly pain in my side. Appendicitis, it is. Ooooooh.' 'Appendy shitehouse,' grumbled this veck.
Anthony Burgess quotes: The unconscious mind has a habit of asserting itself in the afternoon. The unconscious mind has a habit of asserting itself in the afternoon.
Anthony Burgess quotes: It'll be your own torture," he said, serious. "I hope to God it'll torture you to madness. It'll be your own torture," he said, serious. "I hope to God it'll torture you to madness.
Anthony Burgess quotes: What gives, O my little sister? Come thou and have a nice lay-down with your malenky droog in this bed. What gives, O my little sister? Come thou and have a nice lay-down with your malenky droog in this bed.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Art is rare and sacred and hard work, and there ought to be a wall of fire around it. Art is rare and sacred and hard work, and there ought to be a wall of fire around it.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Literature is the aesthetic exploitation of language Literature is the aesthetic exploitation of language
Anthony Burgess quotes: Civilised my syphilised yarbles. Civilised my syphilised yarbles.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Well, if they would not go to school they must still have their education. And education they had had. Well, if they would not go to school they must still have their education. And education they had had.
Anthony Burgess quotes: There's the mackerel of the cornflake for you, you dirty reader of filth and nastiness. There's the mackerel of the cornflake for you, you dirty reader of filth and nastiness.
Anthony Burgess quotes: And those hard slovos, brothers, were like the beginning of my freedom. And those hard slovos, brothers, were like the beginning of my freedom.
Anthony Burgess quotes: The downtrodden are the great creators of slang. The downtrodden are the great creators of slang.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Wedged as we are between two eternities of idleness, there is no excuse for being idle now. Wedged as we are between two eternities of idleness, there is no excuse for being idle now.
Anthony Burgess quotes: This must be a real horrorshow film if you're so keen on my viddying it. This must be a real horrorshow film if you're so keen on my viddying it.
Anthony Burgess quotes: For the serious artist does not satisfy needs For the serious artist does not satisfy needs
Anthony Burgess quotes: There is a satisfactory boniness about grammar which the flesh of sheer vocabulary requires before it can become a vertebrate and walk the earth. There is a satisfactory boniness about grammar which the flesh of sheer vocabulary requires before it can become a vertebrate and walk the earth.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Colonialism. The enforced spread of the rule of reason. But who is going to spread it among the colonizers? Colonialism. The enforced spread of the rule of reason. But who is going to spread it among the colonizers?
Anthony Burgess quotes: Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone. Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.
Anthony Burgess quotes: We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it. We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.
Anthony Burgess quotes: If you believe in an unseen Christ, you will believe in the unseen Christlike potential of others. If you believe in an unseen Christ, you will believe in the unseen Christlike potential of others.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Language exists less to record the actual than to liberate the imagination. Language exists less to record the actual than to liberate the imagination.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Death comes along like a gas bill one can't pay. Death comes along like a gas bill one can't pay.
Anthony Burgess quotes: It had been a wonderful evening and what I needed now, to give it the perfect ending, was a little of the Ludwig Van. It had been a wonderful evening and what I needed now, to give it the perfect ending, was a little of the Ludwig Van.
Anthony Burgess quotes: I've always felt that English women had to be approached in a sisterly manner, rather than an erotic manner. I've always felt that English women had to be approached in a sisterly manner, rather than an erotic manner.
Anthony Burgess quotes: It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now. It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Life to most of us is just a jumble of sensations, like a very bad film with no plot, no real beginning and end. Life to most of us is just a jumble of sensations, like a very bad film with no plot, no real beginning and end.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well. To what do I owe the extreme pleasure of this surprising visit? Welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well. To what do I owe the extreme pleasure of this surprising visit?
Anthony Burgess quotes: I conclude that there is as much sense in nonsense as there is nonsense in sense. I conclude that there is as much sense in nonsense as there is nonsense in sense.
Anthony Burgess quotes: A work of art is somehow organic, and to slash a painting or smash a statue is not just an offence against property: it is an offence against life. A work of art is somehow organic, and to slash a painting or smash a statue is not just an offence against property: it is an offence against life.
Anthony Burgess quotes: I must give up seeing people, I told myself. I must give up seeing people, I told myself.
Anthony Burgess quotes: As we are all solipsists, and all die, the world dies with us. Only very minor literature aims at apocalypse. As we are all solipsists, and all die, the world dies with us. Only very minor literature aims at apocalypse.
Anthony Burgess quotes: You got shook and shook till there was nothing left. You lost your name and your body and your self and you just didn't care. You got shook and shook till there was nothing left. You lost your name and your body and your self and you just didn't care.
Anthony Burgess quotes: The modern State, whether in a totalitarian or a democratic country, has far too much power, and we are probably right to fear it. The modern State, whether in a totalitarian or a democratic country, has far too much power, and we are probably right to fear it.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Translation is not a matter of words only; it is a matter of making intelligible a whole culture. Translation is not a matter of words only; it is a matter of making intelligible a whole culture.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Oh? And what's so stinking about it?. Oh? And what's so stinking about it?.
Anthony Burgess quotes: The intention to act violently is accompanied by strong feelings of physical distress. The intention to act violently is accompanied by strong feelings of physical distress.
Anthony Burgess quotes: We only need to wear shoes because the British built roads which hurt our feet. We only need to wear shoes because the British built roads which hurt our feet.
Anthony Burgess quotes: What critics often ask for is the impossible, though this may be a salutary means of extending the borders of art. What critics often ask for is the impossible, though this may be a salutary means of extending the borders of art.
Anthony Burgess quotes: The essential intention is the real sin. A man who cannot choose ceases to be a man. The essential intention is the real sin. A man who cannot choose ceases to be a man.
Anthony Burgess quotes: There was no trust anywhere in the world, O my brothers, the way I could see it. There was no trust anywhere in the world, O my brothers, the way I could see it.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Never,' I said. 'One can die but once. Dim died before he was born. That red red krovvy will soon stop. Never,' I said. 'One can die but once. Dim died before he was born. That red red krovvy will soon stop.
Anthony Burgess quotes: A word in a dictionary is very much like a car in a mammoth motor show - full of potential but temporarily inactive. A word in a dictionary is very much like a car in a mammoth motor show - full of potential but temporarily inactive.
Anthony Burgess quotes: I wish people would think of me as a musician who writes novels, instead of a novelist who writes music on the side. I wish people would think of me as a musician who writes novels, instead of a novelist who writes music on the side.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Violence makes violence Violence makes violence
Anthony Burgess quotes: Hitler was a teetotalitarian. Hitler was a teetotalitarian.
Anthony Burgess quotes: One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth, is that of Not Going. One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth, is that of Not Going.
Anthony Burgess quotes: We're a government that believes in everybody having the illusion of free will. We're a government that believes in everybody having the illusion of free will.
Anthony Burgess quotes: The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it. The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Feeling very surprised too at myself. I knew what was happening, O my brothers. I was like growing up. Feeling very surprised too at myself. I knew what was happening, O my brothers. I was like growing up.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Every dogma has its day. Every dogma has its day.
Anthony Burgess quotes: When the State withers, humanity flowers. When the State withers, humanity flowers.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Every grain of experience is food for the greedy growing soul of the artist. Every grain of experience is food for the greedy growing soul of the artist.
Anthony Burgess quotes: It's always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it. To remember where you come from is part of where you're going. It's always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it. To remember where you come from is part of where you're going.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Eat this sweetish segment or spit it out. You are free. Eat this sweetish segment or spit it out. You are free.
Anthony Burgess quotes: That's the law, son. But you were never much of a one for following the law. That's the law, son. But you were never much of a one for following the law.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Sanity is a handicap and liability if you're living in a mad world. Sanity is a handicap and liability if you're living in a mad world.
Anthony Burgess quotes: you are out of the field of the novel you are out of the field of the novel
Anthony Burgess quotes: Literature ceases to be literature when it commits itself to moral uplift; it becomes moral philosophy or some such dull thing. Literature ceases to be literature when it commits itself to moral uplift; it becomes moral philosophy or some such dull thing.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Bath twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace. Bath twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace.
Anthony Burgess quotes: The trouble began with Forster. After him it was considered ungentlemanly to write more than five or six novels. The trouble began with Forster. After him it was considered ungentlemanly to write more than five or six novels.
Anthony Burgess quotes: But now as I end this story, brothers, I am not young, not no longer, oh no. Alex like groweth up, oh yes. But now as I end this story, brothers, I am not young, not no longer, oh no. Alex like groweth up, oh yes.
Anthony Burgess quotes: It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you watch them on a screen. It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you watch them on a screen.
Anthony Burgess quotes: One can die but once. Dim died before he was born. One can die but once. Dim died before he was born.
Anthony Burgess quotes: To devastate is easier and more spectacular than to create. To devastate is easier and more spectacular than to create.
Anthony Burgess quotes: It's funny how the colours of the like real world only seem real real when you viddy them on a screen It's funny how the colours of the like real world only seem real real when you viddy them on a screen
Anthony Burgess quotes: The scientific approach to life is not necessarily appropriate to states of visceral anguish. The scientific approach to life is not necessarily appropriate to states of visceral anguish.
Anthony Burgess quotes: Of course it was horrible,' smiled Dr. Branom. 'Violence is a very horrible thing. That's what you're learning now. Your body is learning it. Of course it was horrible,' smiled Dr. Branom. 'Violence is a very horrible thing. That's what you're learning now. Your body is learning it.