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Quentin Crisp Quotes

English Writer & Gay Icon
Born On
1908-12-25
Died On
1999-11-21
Birth Place
Sutton, Surrey, UK
Death Place
Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, England, UK
Birth Sign
capricorn
Father
Spencer Charles Pratt
Mother
Frances Marion Pratt
Nationality
British
Education
Denstone CollegeKing's College London
Writers

English writer, Quentin Crisp, the “the great gay icon of the western world” found more prominence in New York than in his own nation. This colorful personality had his own views of what he thought of the dissimilarities between the Americans and the English. Though recorded anecdotes of his life were far and few in between, this raconteur had several interesting stories to tell about his own experiences.

One day, he met an Englishman who said, “You're the one who lives here permanently now aren't you?” Crisp replied, “Yes.” When asked why, the brilliant writer said, “Because everywhere I go everybody talks to me”. And the Englishman exclaimed, “I can't think of anything worse”.

According to Crisp, the entire world thinks that Americans are optimistic almost to the point of being childlike, but he says, “but I think it's a better thing to be”. He  believes, “In America, whatever you do, everyone is for it. You say to your friends here I'm getting up a cabaret act. They say, ‘What will you sing, what will you wear, where are you going to do it, can I accompany you?’ In England, if you tell your friends you’re getting up a cabaret act, one of them would say, ‘For God's sake, don't make a fool of yourself’.

Thus, Crisp believes that he’s always been an American at heart despite being English by nationality; right from the time he accompanied his mother to watch Hollywood movies.

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.

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The worst part of being gay in the twentieth century is all that damn disco music to which one has to listen.

Quentin Crisp

The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple: you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.

Quentin Crisp

Sex is the last refuge of the miserable.

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Life was a funny thing that occurred on the way to the grave.

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If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style.

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The war between the sexes is the only one in which both sides regularly sleep with the enemy.

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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.

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The curiosity of the neighbors about you, is a tribute to your individuality, and you should encourage it.

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My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.

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Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level.

Quentin Crisp

Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are.

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“Irritation in the heart of a believer is always an invitation to the devil to stand by.”  

Quentin Crisp

For flavor, instant sex will never supersede the stuff you have to peel and cook.

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Never get involved with someone who wants to change you.

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Los Angeles is just New York lying down.

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Vice is its own reward.

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