Anthony Burgess Quotes

Most popular Anthony Burgess Quotes

Fumbling for a word is everybody's birthright.


A bad review by a man I admire hurts terribly.
— Anthony Burgess


Death comes along like a gas bill one can't pay.


We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation.


Out of the stones that life threw at him he made a labyrinth.
Every grain of experience is food for the greedy growing soul of the artist.


Literature, by the way, may be defined as the aesthetic exploitation of language.


A word in a dictionary is very much like a car in a mammoth motorshow—full of potential, but temporarily inactive.

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The word "slang" is vague and its etymology obscure.  It suggests the slinging of odd stones or dollops of mud at the windows of the stately home of linguistic decorum.