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Cyril Connolly

1903-1974 ,  British writer
Cyril ConnollyEnglish critic, novelist, and man of letters, founder and editor of Horizon, a magazine of contemporary literature that was a major influence in Britain in its time (1939–50). He wrote Enemies of Promise (1938), which combined literary criticism with an autobiographical exploration of why he failed to become a successful author of fiction.

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

Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once, and they require separate techniques.

Whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first call promising.

Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turning before we have learnt to walk.

No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning.

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

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

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

Peace ... is a morbid condition, due to a surplus of civilians, which war seeks to remedy.

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

We love but once, for once only are we perfectly equipped for loving.

Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of taste.


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