Quotes by Quentin Crisp

An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last installment missing.
– Quentin Crisp
Decency must be an even more exhausting state to maintain than its opposite. Those who succeed seem to need a stupefying amount of sleep.
– Quentin Crisp
Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.
– Quentin Crisp
Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are.
– Quentin Crisp
For flavor, instant sex will never supersede the stuff you have to peel and cook.
– Quentin Crisp
Health consists of having the same diseases as one's neighbors.
– Quentin Crisp
However low a man sinks he never reaches the level of the police.
– Quentin Crisp
I recommend limiting one's involvement in other people's lives to a pleasantly scant minimum.
– Quentin Crisp
I simply haven't the nerve to imagine a being, a force, a cause which keeps the planets revolving in their orbits and then suddenly stops in order to give me a bicycle with three speeds.
– Quentin Crisp
If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style.
– Quentin Crisp
If Mr. Vincent Price were to be co-starred with Miss Bette Davis in a story by Mr. Edgar Allan Poe directed by Mr. Roger Corman, it could not fully express the pent-up violence and depravity of a single day in the life of the average family.
– Quentin Crisp
In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast. Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis.
– Quentin Crisp
It is explained that all relationships require a little give and take. This is untrue. Any partnership demands that we give and give and give and at the last, as we flop into our graves exhausted, we are told that we didn't give enough.
– Quentin Crisp
It is not the simple statement of facts that ushers in freedom; it is the constant repetition of them that has this liberating effect. Tolerance is the result not of enlightenment, but of boredom.
– Quentin Crisp
Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone- but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.
– Quentin Crisp
Men get laid, but women get screwed.
– Quentin Crisp
My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.
– Quentin Crisp
Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level.
– Quentin Crisp
Nothing more rapidly inclines a person to go into a monastery than reading a book on etiquette. There are so many trivial ways in which it is possible to commit some social sin.
– Quentin Crisp
Nothing shortens a journey so pleasantly as an account of misfortunes at which the hearer is permitted to laugh.
– Quentin Crisp