Quentin Crisp Quotes

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Vice is its own reward.

vice

Manners are love in a cool climate.

manners

Style is being yourself, but on purpose.

style

Sex is the last refuge of the miserable.

sex

The lie is the basic building block of good manners.

lies manners

The law is simply expediency wearing a long white dress.

law

If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style.
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failure funny

Life is a game in which the rules are constantly changing.

life

Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.

euphemism

Charisma is the ability to persuade without the use of logic.

charisma

The English think incompetence is the same thing as sincerity.
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English people

Life is the funny thing that happens to you on the way to the grave.

life

Autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last installment missing.
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autobiography

For flavor, Instant Sex will never supersede the stuff you had to peel and cook.

sex

An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last installment missing.

autobiography

Whenever we confront an unbridled desire we are surely in the presence of a tragedy-in-the-making.

tragedy desire

In Manhattan, every flat surface is a potential stage and every inattentive waiter an unemployed, possibly unemployable, actor.

New York City

It's no good running a pig farm badly for 30 years while saying, 'Really, I was meant to be a ballet dancer.' By then, pigs will be your style.
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style

The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple: you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.

relationships

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.

manners