23 "Quentin Crisp" Quotes And Sayings

The memoirs of Quentin Crisp, a homosexual eccentric who grew up in England and Australia, in the years before and after World War II, form a Dickensian story of a unique life lived in a world inhabited by eccentrics. The stories are filled with sharp observations and lively humor. He was a writer, a teacher, an actor, a raconteur and a wit. This is his story.

The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another. Quentin Crisp
The British do not expect happiness. I had the impression,...
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
I am unable to believe in a God susceptible to prayer. I simply haven't the nerve to imagine a being, a force, a cause which keeps the planets revolving in their orbits, and then suddenly stops in order to give me a bicycle with three speeds. Quentin Crisp
There is no need to do any housework at all....
There is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse. Quentin Crisp
The search for a life-style involves a journey to the interior. This is not altogether a pleasant experience, because you not only have to take stock of what you consider your assets but you also have to take a long look at what your friends call “the trouble with you.” Nevertheless, the journey is worth making. Quentin Crisp
All the golden societies of the past to which historians point and turn their wistful smiles have had what patience-players would call a discard pile. They operated on two levels with a slave class who worked, ate, slept, and died and a leisured class who reclined on one elbow and spoke. Naturally it is from this latter group that we learn what life at that time was like. It often makes charming reading but we can hardly take it to be the whole truth. . Quentin Crisp
Nothing in our culture, not even home computers, is more overrated than the epidermal felicity of two featherless bipeds in desperate congress. Quentin Crisp
If a man were to look over the fence on one side of his garden and observe that the neighbor on his left had laid his garden path round a central lawn; and were to look over the fence on the other side of his garden and observe that the neighbor on his right had laid his path down the middle of the lawn, and were then to lay his own garden path diagonally from one corner to the other, that man's soul would be lost. Originality is only to be praised when not prefaced by the look to right and left. Quentin Crisp
Without an element of vulgarity, no man can be a work of art... I have to try and think what an artist is, apart from a hooligan who cannot live within his income of praise. Quentin Crisp
When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, 'Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe? Quentin Crisp
Ask yourself, if there was to be no blame, and if there was to be no praise, who would I be then? Quentin Crisp
Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are. Quentin Crisp
If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style. Quentin Crisp
My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it. Quentin Crisp
Charisma is the ability to influence without logic. Quentin Crisp
The idea that He would take his attention away from the universe in order to give me a bicycle with three speeds is just so unlikely I can't go along with it. Quentin Crisp
If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style. Quentin Crisp
Manners are love in a cool climate. Quentin Crisp
The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person. I would describe this method of searching for happiness as immature. Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency. Quentin Crisp
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses. Quentin Crisp