English writer (1917-1993)
John Anthony Burgess Wilson,, who published under the name Anthony Burgess, was an English writer and composer.
Anthony Burgess Quotes
Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.
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.
The trouble began with Forster. After him it was considered ungentlemanly to write more than five or six novels.
Life is a wretched gray Saturday, but it has to be lived through.
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.
The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.
Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.
Bath twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace.
He said it was artificial respiration but now I find I'm to have his child.
A novelist should not be too intelligent either, although ... he may be permitted to be an intellectual.
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