Cyril Connolly was born 10 September 1903, and died 26 November 1974
- Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
- While thoughts exist, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living.
- Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice.
- Our memories are card-indexes consulted and then put back in disorder by authorities whom we do not control.
- There are only three things which make life worth living: to be writing a tolerably good book, to be in a dinner party of six, and to be travelling south with someone whom your conscience permits you to love.
- No education is worth having that does not teach the lesson of concentration on a task, however unattractive. These lessons, if not learnt early, will be learnt, if at all, with pain and grief in later life.
- A great writer creates a world of his own and his readers are proud to live in it. A lesser writer may entice them in for a moment, but soon he will watch them filing out.
Connolly was an English intellectual, literary critic and writer. He was the editor of Horizon literary magazine from 1940 to 1949. He is known for writing Enemies of Promise.
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