Quotations by Author

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.

The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person. I would describe this method of searching for happiness as immature. Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency.

The trouble with children is that they're not returnable.

The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.

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