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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.
~ Quentin Crisp - [Self-image]

 

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Sex is the last refuge of the miserable.
~ Quentin Crisp - [Sex]

 

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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.
~ Quentin Crisp - [Tact and Tactfulness]

 

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However low a man sinks he never reaches the level of the police.
~ Quentin Crisp - [Police]

 

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The poverty from which I have suffered could be diagnosed as ''Soho'' poverty. It comes from having the airs and graces of a genius and no talent.
~ Quentin Crisp - [Poverty and The Poor]

 

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It is not the simple statement of facts that ushers in freedom; it is the constant repetition of them that has this liberating effect. Tolerance is the result not of enlightenment, but of boredom.
~ Quentin Crisp - [Prejudice]

 

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It is explained that all relationships require a little give and take. This is untrue. Any partnership demands that we give and give and give and at the last, as we flop into our graves exhausted, we are told that we didn't give enough.
~ Quentin Crisp - [Relationships]

 

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The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple: you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
~ Quentin Crisp - [Relationships]

 

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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 - [Respectability]

 

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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 - [Rewards]

 

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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.
~ Quentin Crisp - [Seduction]

 

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I recommend limiting one's involvement in other people's lives to a pleasantly scant minimum. This may seem too stoical a position in these madly passionate times, but madly passionate people rarely make good on their madly passionate promises.
~ Quentin Crisp - [Involvement]

 

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To know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody.
~ Quentin Crisp - [Knowledge]

 

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The law is simply expediency wearing a long white dress.
~ Quentin Crisp - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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Of course I lie to people. But I lie altruistically -- for our mutual good. The lie is the basic building block of good manners. That may seem mildly shocking to a moralist -- but then what isn t?
~ Quentin Crisp - [Lies and Lying]

 

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Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave.
~ Quentin Crisp - [Life and Living]

 

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Living en famille provides the strongest motives for rudeness combined with the maximum opportunity for displaying it.
~ Quentin Crisp - [Living Together]

 

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Love is the extra effort we make in our dealings with those whom we do not like and once you understand that, you understand all. This idea that love overtakes you is nonsense. This is but a polite manifestation of sex. To love another you have to undertake some fragment of their destiny.
~ Quentin Crisp - [Love]

 

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Manners are love in a cool climate.
~ Quentin Crisp - [Manners]

 

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Because it is in the nature of things that they become extreme, we have passed down from manliness to cruelty. If I had been told when I was 20 that there was a tavern in the town where the brave and the cruel were gathered together, I would have run all the way and I would have gone up to the largest and leatheriest of the denizens and said: ''If you truly love me, kill the bartender.''
~ Quentin Crisp - [Men]

 

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