Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.

— Anthony Burgess

The most jaw-dropping Anthony Burgess quotes that are easy to memorize and remember

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

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The important thing is moral choice. Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate. Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.

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To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world.

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Translation is not a matter of words only: it is a matter of making intelligible a whole culture.

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Is it better for a man to have chosen evil than to have good imposed upon him?

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Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses to be bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?

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The downtrodden, who are the great creators of slang.

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Beckett does not believe in God, though he seems to imply that God has committed an unforgivable sin by not existing.

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Sanity is a handicap and liability if you're living in a mad world.

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Literature ceases to be literature when it commits itself to moral uplift;

it becomes moral philosophy or some such dull thing.

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It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you watch them on a screen.

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Life is a wretched gray Saturday, but it has to be lived through.

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We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.

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About Anthony Burgess

Quotes 154 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

I chart a little first-list of names, rough synopsis of chapters, and so on.

But one daren't overplan; so many things are generated by the sheer act of writing.

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Each man kills the thing he loves.

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It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil.

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It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now.

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Where do I come into all of this? Am I just some animal or dog?' And that started them off govoreeting real loud and throwing slovos at me. So I creeched louder still, creeching: 'Am I just to be like a clockwork orange?

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Translation is not a matter of words only: it is a matter of making intelligible a whole culture.

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The purpose of education is to fit us for life in a civilised community, and it seems to follow from the subjects we study that the two most important things in civilised life are Art and Science.

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Colonialism. The enforced spread of the rule of reason. But who is going to spread it among the colonizers?

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Do they merit vitriol, even a drop of it? Yes, because they corrupt the young, persuading them that the mature world, which produced Beethoven and Schweitzer, sets an even higher value on the transient anodynes of youth than does youth itself.... They are the Hollow Men. They are electronic lice.

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laws and conditions appropriate to a mechanical creation, against this I raise my sword-pen.

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A man can write one book that can be great, but this doesn't make him a great writer-just the writer of a great book. . . I think a writer has to extend very widely, as well as plunge very deep, to be a great novelist.

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Come with uncle and hear all proper. Hear angel trumpets and devil trombones...you are invited!

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A Haydn symphony had a meaning for the social group that listened to it.

A Mahler symphony had a meaning for the man who composed it. Here is the difference between the classical and romantic attitudes to art.

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Only in England is the perversion of language regarded as a victory for democracy.

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Senseless violence is a prerogative of youth, which has much energy but little talent for the constructive.

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Literature is all, or mostly, about sex.

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Welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well.

To what do I owe the extreme pleasure of this surprising visit?

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If you want to be considered a poet, you will have to show mastery of the petrarchan sonnet form or the sestina. Your musical efforts must begin with well-formed fugues. There is no substitute for craft... Art begins with craft, and there is no art until craft has been mastered.

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The aura of the theocratic death penalty for adultery still clings to America, even outside New England, and multiple divorce, which looks to the European like serial polygamy, is the moral solution to the problem of the itch.

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The not-self cannot have the bad, meaning they of the government and the judges and the schools cannot allow the bad because they cannot allow the self.

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There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie and Dim, Dim being really dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar making up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening.

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If he can only perform good or only perform evil, then he is a clockwork orange—meaning that he has the appearance of an organism lovely with colour and juice but is in fact only a clockwork toy to be wound up by God or the Devil.

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It had been a wonderful evening and what I needed now, to give it the perfect ending, was a little of the Ludwig Van.

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Bath twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace.

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Violence among young people is an aspect of their desire to create.

They don't know how to use their energy creatively so they do the opposite and destroy.

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I viddied that thinking is for the gloopy ones and that the oomny ones use like inspiration and what Bog sends. For now it was lovely music that came to my aid.

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I think art is sublimated libido. You can’t be a eunuch priest, and you can’t be a eunuch artist.

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Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion.

Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets.

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There is a satisfactory boniness about grammar which the flesh of sheer vocabulary requires before it can become a vertebrate and walk the earth.

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Well, well, well, well. If it isn't fat, stinking billygoat Billy-Boy in poison. How art thou, thou globby bottle of cheap, stinking chip-oil? Come and get one in the yarbles, if you have any yarbles, you eunuch jelly thou.

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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.

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Rome's just a city like anywhere else.

A vastly overrated city, I'd say. It trades on belief just as Stratford trades on Shakespeare.

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The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.

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For the serious artist does not satisfy needs

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As a chamber hung round about with looking-glasses represents the face upon every turn, thus all the world doth the mercy and the bounty of God; though that be visible, yet it discovers an invisible God and his invisible properties.

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The practice of fiction can be dangerous: it puts ideas into the head of the world.

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I see what is right and approve, but I do what is wrong.

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