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Quentin Crisp quotes: Britain cherishes her eccentrics and wisely holds that the function of government is to build a walled garden in which anarchy can flourish. Britain cherishes her eccentrics and wisely holds that the function of government is to build a walled garden in which anarchy can flourish.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Charisma is the ability to influence without logic. Charisma is the ability to influence without logic.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Never sweep. After four years the dirt gets no worse. Never sweep. After four years the dirt gets no worse.
Quentin Crisp quotes: What I wanted most of all was to use sex as a weapon to allure, subjugate, and, if possible, destroy the personality of others. What I wanted most of all was to use sex as a weapon to allure, subjugate, and, if possible, destroy the personality of others.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Whenever we confront an unbridled desire we are surely in the presence of a tragedy-in-the-making. Whenever we confront an unbridled desire we are surely in the presence of a tragedy-in-the-making.
Quentin Crisp quotes: The worst part of being gay in the twentieth century is all that damn disco music to which one has to listen. The worst part of being gay in the twentieth century is all that damn disco music to which one has to listen.
Quentin Crisp quotes: My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it. My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.
Quentin Crisp quotes: When asked, 'Shall I tell my mother I'm gay?', I reply, 'Never tell your mother anything. When asked, 'Shall I tell my mother I'm gay?', I reply, 'Never tell your mother anything.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Nothing shortens a journey so pleasantly as an account of misfortunes at which the hearer is permitted to laugh. Nothing shortens a journey so pleasantly as an account of misfortunes at which the hearer is permitted to laugh.
Quentin Crisp quotes: As soon as I stepped out of my mother's womb ... I realized that I had made a mistake, As soon as I stepped out of my mother's womb ... I realized that I had made a mistake,
Quentin Crisp quotes: Quentin Crisp (to handsome young man on the street): What's the matter, sexy? Don't you like dehydrated fruit? Quentin Crisp (to handsome young man on the street): What's the matter, sexy? Don't you like dehydrated fruit?
Quentin Crisp quotes: I don't have any pets. I've got enough dumb friends without them. I don't have any pets. I've got enough dumb friends without them.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Sex is the last refuge of the miserable Sex is the last refuge of the miserable
Quentin Crisp quotes: I became one of the stately homos of England. I became one of the stately homos of England.
Quentin Crisp quotes: It's been agony but I couldn't have done it any other way. It's been agony but I couldn't have done it any other way.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Never get involved with someone who wants to change you Never get involved with someone who wants to change you
Quentin Crisp quotes: One should always be wary of anyone who promises that their love will last longer than a weekend. One should always be wary of anyone who promises that their love will last longer than a weekend.
Quentin Crisp quotes: There is no great Dark Man !!! There is no great Dark Man !!!
Quentin Crisp quotes: Nothing in our culture, not even home computers, is more overrated than the epidermal felicity of two featherless bipeds in desperate congress. Nothing in our culture, not even home computers, is more overrated than the epidermal felicity of two featherless bipeds in desperate congress.
Quentin Crisp quotes: The court was not previously aware of the prisoner's many accomplishments. In view of these, we see fit to impose the death penalty. The court was not previously aware of the prisoner's many accomplishments. In view of these, we see fit to impose the death penalty.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Michelangelo worked from within. He described not the excitements of touching or seeing a man but the excitement of being Man. Michelangelo worked from within. He described not the excitements of touching or seeing a man but the excitement of being Man.
Quentin Crisp quotes: For flavor, instant sex will never supersede the stuff you have to peel and cook. For flavor, instant sex will never supersede the stuff you have to peel and cook.
Quentin Crisp quotes: A fair share of anything is starvation diet to an egomaniac. A fair share of anything is starvation diet to an egomaniac.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Why get married? For human beings, marriage is such an unnatural state. If you want monogamy, it has been said, you should marry a swan. Why get married? For human beings, marriage is such an unnatural state. If you want monogamy, it has been said, you should marry a swan.
Quentin Crisp quotes: I never saw Portsmouth by day. I never saw Portsmouth by day.
Quentin Crisp quotes: The very purpose of existence it to reconcile the glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think of us. The very purpose of existence it to reconcile the glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think of us.
Quentin Crisp quotes: The British do not expect happiness. I had the impression, all the time that I lived there, that they do not want to be happy; they want to be right. The British do not expect happiness. I had the impression, all the time that I lived there, that they do not want to be happy; they want to be right.
Quentin Crisp quotes: As someone remarked, when told the new atomic bombs would explode without a bang, they can't leave anything alone. As someone remarked, when told the new atomic bombs would explode without a bang, they can't leave anything alone.
Quentin Crisp quotes: God, from whose territory I had withdrawn my ambassadors at the age of fourteen. It had become obvious that he was never going to do a thing I said. God, from whose territory I had withdrawn my ambassadors at the age of fourteen. It had become obvious that he was never going to do a thing I said.
Quentin Crisp quotes: It is hard enough to share wealth without being involved in undignified scenes; shared poverty consists of nothing else. It is hard enough to share wealth without being involved in undignified scenes; shared poverty consists of nothing else.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Other-cheekism is not only a way of purifying the soul, it is also part of every weak person's survival kit. Other-cheekism is not only a way of purifying the soul, it is also part of every weak person's survival kit.
Quentin Crisp quotes: What better proof of love can there be than money? A ten-shilling note shows incontrovertibly just how mad about you a man is. What better proof of love can there be than money? A ten-shilling note shows incontrovertibly just how mad about you a man is.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Sometimes I wore a fringe so deep it obscured the way ahead. This hardly mattered. There were always others to look where I was going. Sometimes I wore a fringe so deep it obscured the way ahead. This hardly mattered. There were always others to look where I was going.
Quentin Crisp quotes: A clown is a horrible thing to happen to anyone. A clown is a horrible thing to happen to anyone.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Men get laid, but women get screwed. Men get laid, but women get screwed.
Quentin Crisp quotes: An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last installment missing. An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last installment missing.
Quentin Crisp quotes: You should make no effort to try to join society, stay right where you are. Give your name and serial number and wait for society to come to you. You should make no effort to try to join society, stay right where you are. Give your name and serial number and wait for society to come to you.
Quentin Crisp quotes: If love means anything at all it means extending your hand to the unlovable. If love means anything at all it means extending your hand to the unlovable.
Quentin Crisp quotes: In Manhattan, every flat surface is a potential stage and every inattentive waiter an unemployed, possibly unemployable, actor. In Manhattan, every flat surface is a potential stage and every inattentive waiter an unemployed, possibly unemployable, actor.
Quentin Crisp quotes: My function in life was to render clear what was already blindingly conspicuous. My function in life was to render clear what was already blindingly conspicuous.
Quentin Crisp quotes: The absolute nothingness of death is a blessing. Something to look forward to. The absolute nothingness of death is a blessing. Something to look forward to.
Quentin Crisp quotes: This woman did not fly to extremes; she lived there. This woman did not fly to extremes; she lived there.
Quentin Crisp quotes: If you truly love me, kill the bartender. If you truly love me, kill the bartender.
Quentin Crisp quotes: For an introvert his environment is himself and can never be subject to startling or unforeseen change. For an introvert his environment is himself and can never be subject to startling or unforeseen change.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave. Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Any film is at least better than real life. Any film is at least better than real life.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses. Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
Quentin Crisp quotes: However low a man sinks he never reaches the level of the police. However low a man sinks he never reaches the level of the police.
Quentin Crisp quotes: 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. 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 quotes: Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level. It's cheaper. Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level. It's cheaper.
Quentin Crisp quotes: The distinction between indoors and outdoors, which in England is usually so marked, was temporarily suspended in a hot gauzy haze. The distinction between indoors and outdoors, which in England is usually so marked, was temporarily suspended in a hot gauzy haze.
Quentin Crisp quotes: You're queer, I'll kill you.' I could only ask if the speaker wanted an appointment. You're queer, I'll kill you.' I could only ask if the speaker wanted an appointment.
Quentin Crisp quotes: I learned very early in life that I was always going to need people more than they needed me. I learned very early in life that I was always going to need people more than they needed me.
Quentin Crisp quotes: People are not heterosexual or homosexual, just sexual. People are not heterosexual or homosexual, just sexual.
Quentin Crisp quotes: No effort is required to define or even attain happiness, but enormous concentration is needed to abandon everything else. No effort is required to define or even attain happiness, but enormous concentration is needed to abandon everything else.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Living en famille provides the strongest motives for rudeness combined with the maximum opportunity for displaying it. Living en famille provides the strongest motives for rudeness combined with the maximum opportunity for displaying it.
Quentin Crisp quotes: The simplest comment on my book came from my ballet teacher. She said, I wish you hadn't made every line funny. It's so depressing. The simplest comment on my book came from my ballet teacher. She said, I wish you hadn't made every line funny. It's so depressing.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Ask yourself, if there was to be no blame, and if there was to be no praise, who would I be then? Ask yourself, if there was to be no blame, and if there was to be no praise, who would I be then?
Quentin Crisp quotes: The war between the sexes is the only one in which both sides regularly sleep with the enemy. The war between the sexes is the only one in which both sides regularly sleep with the enemy.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Vice is its own reward. It is virtue which, if it is to be marketed with consumer appeal, must carry Green Shield stamps. Vice is its own reward. It is virtue which, if it is to be marketed with consumer appeal, must carry Green Shield stamps.
Quentin Crisp quotes: I was amazed to receive later a substantial sum for sitting in my room and talking about myself. If only I could get some of the back pay! I was amazed to receive later a substantial sum for sitting in my room and talking about myself. If only I could get some of the back pay!
Quentin Crisp quotes: It is no longer possible to be exotic. It is no longer possible to be exotic.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Politics are not an instrument for effecting social change; they are the art of making the inevitable appear to be a matter of wise human choice. Politics are not an instrument for effecting social change; they are the art of making the inevitable appear to be a matter of wise human choice.
Quentin Crisp quotes: To live in the past is to miss today's opportunities and tomorrow's blessings. To live in the past is to miss today's opportunities and tomorrow's blessings.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Flowers are words even a baby can understand. Flowers are words even a baby can understand.
Quentin Crisp quotes: It was not so much that I longed for death as that I didn't long for life. It was not so much that I longed for death as that I didn't long for life.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Decency must be an even more exhausting state to maintain than its opposite. Those who succeed seem to need a stupefying amount of sleep. Decency must be an even more exhausting state to maintain than its opposite. Those who succeed seem to need a stupefying amount of sleep.
Quentin Crisp quotes: To say a thing is natural is to condone it, never to praise it. To say a thing is natural is to condone it, never to praise it.
Quentin Crisp quotes: I take it to be axiomatic that people are revolted by witnessing the shameless gratification of an appetite they do not share I take it to be axiomatic that people are revolted by witnessing the shameless gratification of an appetite they do not share
Quentin Crisp quotes: I like living in one room and have never known what people do with the room they are not in. I like living in one room and have never known what people do with the room they are not in.
Quentin Crisp quotes: I recommend limiting one's involvement in other people's lives to a pleasantly scant minimum. I recommend limiting one's involvement in other people's lives to a pleasantly scant minimum.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Fear and hatred do not seem to find expression in tears. Fear and hatred do not seem to find expression in tears.
Quentin Crisp quotes: I never understood music. It seemed to me to be the maximum amount of noise conveying the minimum amount of information. I never understood music. It seemed to me to be the maximum amount of noise conveying the minimum amount of information.
Quentin Crisp quotes: What would you be like if you were the only person in the world? If you want to be truly happy you must be that person. What would you be like if you were the only person in the world? If you want to be truly happy you must be that person.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster. Treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
Quentin Crisp quotes: If I have any talent at all, it is not for doing but for being. If I have any talent at all, it is not for doing but for being.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Bit by bit, I was becoming the almost acceptable face of homosexuality. Bit by bit, I was becoming the almost acceptable face of homosexuality.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Exhibitionists have no friends, no friends at all. Exhibitionists have no friends, no friends at all.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Even hooligans marry, though they know that marriage is for a little while. It is alimony that is for ever. Even hooligans marry, though they know that marriage is for a little while. It is alimony that is for ever.
Quentin Crisp quotes: You fall out of your mother's womb, you crawl across open country under fire, and drop into your grave. You fall out of your mother's womb, you crawl across open country under fire, and drop into your grave.
Quentin Crisp quotes: I don't think you can really be proud of being gay because it isn't something you've done. You can only be proud of not being ashamed. I don't think you can really be proud of being gay because it isn't something you've done. You can only be proud of not being ashamed.
Quentin Crisp quotes: If one is not going to take the necessary precautions to avoid having parents, one must undertake to bring them up. If one is not going to take the necessary precautions to avoid having parents, one must undertake to bring them up.
Quentin Crisp quotes: You will survive if you believe in yourself. You will survive if you believe in yourself.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Manners are love in a cool climate. Manners are love in a cool climate.
Quentin Crisp quotes: The trouble with children is that they're not returnable. The trouble with children is that they're not returnable.
Quentin Crisp quotes: Mass-murderers are simply people who have had ENOUGH. Mass-murderers are simply people who have had ENOUGH.