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Anthony Burgess quotes

Anthony Burgess
English writer (1917-1993)

John Anthony Burgess Wilson,, who published under the name Anthony Burgess, was an English writer and composer.
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Anthony Burgess Quotes

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Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.
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Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture. Unread, it maintains its value. Read, it looks like money wasted. Cunningly, Americans know that books contain a person, and they want the person, not the book.
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The trouble began with Forster. After him it was considered ungentlemanly to write more than five or six novels.
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Life is a wretched gray Saturday, but it has to be lived through.
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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. Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture.


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The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.
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Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.
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Bath twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace.
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He said it was artificial respiration but now I find I'm to have his child.
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A novelist should not be too intelligent either, although ... he may be permitted to be an intellectual.

           

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