110+ Anthony Burgess quotes

Anthony Burgess Quotes
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Name: Anthony Burgess Find on Amazon India: Link
Nationality: BritishFind on Amazon: Link
Profession: Novelist
Born: 25-Feb-1917 
Death: 25-Nov-1993

Violence among young people is an aspect of their desire to create. They don’t know how to use their energy creatively so they do the opposite and destroy.

Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion. Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets.

One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth, is that of Not Going.

Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.

The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent, experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it, if it fails, admit it frankly and try another.

But above all, try something.

The downtrodden are the great creators of slang.

The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.

To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art.

It’s always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it. To remember where you come from is part of where you’re going.

We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation.

The unconscious mind has a habit of asserting itself in the afternoon.

If you believe in an unseen Christ, you will believe in the unseen Christlike potential of others.

I didn’t think; I experimented.

He said it was artificial respiration, but now I find I am to have his child.

Every dogma has its day.

Books in a large university library system: 2,000,000. Books in an average large city library: 10,000. Average number of books in a chain bookstore: 30,000. Books in an average neighborhood branch library: 20,000.

Bath twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace.

Americans will listen, but they do not care to read. War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement, which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room.

A novelist should not be too intelligent either, although… he may be permitted to be an intellectual.

Life is a wretched gray Saturday, but it has to be lived through.

Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.

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