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Cyril Connolly quotes

English critic and editor, 1903–1974

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


Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.


Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.


Everything is a dangerous drug except reality, which is unendurable.


I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike it. I


In the sex war, thoughtlessness is the weapon of the male, vindictiveness of the female.


Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be read once.


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


The person who is master of their passions is reason's slave.


Youth is a period of missed opportunities.


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