Cyril Connolly Quotes

The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.

Most people do not believe in anything very much and our greatest poetry is given to us by those who do.

Poetry is highly explosive, but no good poet since Eliot can but perceive the extreme difficulty of writing good poetry… We have one poet of genius in Auden, who is able to write prolifically, carelessly, and exquisitely, nor does he seem to have to pay any price for his inspiration. It is as if he […]

The man who is master of his passions is reason’s slave.

When young we are faithful to individuals, when older we grow more loyal to situations and to types.

Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate it; a child who fears noises becomes a man who hates noise.

If Paris is the setting for a romance, New York is the perfect city in which to get over one, to get over anything. Here the lost “douceur de vivre” is forgotten and the intoxication of living takes its place.

There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say.

It is the fear of middle-age in the young, of old-age in the middle-aged, which is the prime cause of infidelity, that infallible rejuvenator.

Imagination equals nostalgia for the past, the absent; it is the liquid solution in which art develops the snapshot of reality.