Quentin Crisp
Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts

The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.

- Quentin Crisp

Nothing shortens a journey so pleasantly as an account of misfortunes at which the hearer is permitted to laugh.

- Quentin Crisp

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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

Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level, it’s cheaper.

- Quentin Crisp

The English think that incompetence is the same thing as sincerity.

- Quentin Crisp

Marriage is but for a little while, it is alimony that is forever.

- Quentin Crisp

There are three reasons for becoming a writer: the first is that you need the money; the second that you have something to say that you think the world should know; the third is that you can’t think what to do with the long winter evenings.

- Quentin Crisp

Though the strongest resist all temptation, all human beings who suffer from any deficiency, real or imagined, are under compulsion to draw attention to it.

- Quentin Crisp

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