Cyril Connolly Quotes

We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy.

There is no fury like an ex-wife searching for a new lover.

All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.

The civilized are those who get more out of life than the uncivilized, and for this the uncivilized have not forgiven them.

There is no more somber enemy of good art than the pram in the hall.

The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up.

I came to America tourist Third with a cheque for ten pounds and I leave plus five hundred, a wife, a mandarin coat, a set of diamond studs, a state room and bath, and a decent box for the ferret. That’s what everybody comes to America to do and I don’t think I’ve managed badly […]

No one over thirty-five is worth meeting who has not something to teach us, – something more than we could learn ourselves, from a book.

No one can make us hate ourselves like an admirer.