Christopher Isherwood was born 26 August 1904, and died 4 January 1986
- Only those who are capable of silliness can be called truly intelligent.
- Horror is always aware of its cause; terror never is. That is precisely what makes terror terrifying.
- We must remember that nothing in this world really belongs to us. At best, we are merely borrowers.
- The paternalist is a sentimentalist at heart, and the sentimentalist is always potentially cruel.
- A few times in my life I’ve had moments of absolute clarity. When for a few brief seconds the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think, and things seem so sharp and the world seems so fresh. It’s as though it had all just come into existence. I can never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade. I have lived my life on these moments. They pull me back to the present, and I realise that everything is exactly the way it was meant to be.
- I’ll bet Shakespeare compromised himself a lot; anybody who’s in the entertainment industry does to some extent.
- One should never write down or up to people, but out of yourself.
Isherwood was a British novelist, playwright, screen-writer, autobiographer, and diarist. He was also homosexual and made this a theme of some of his writing. His best known work is A Single Man.
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