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Anthony Burgess Quotes

Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.
Anthony Burgess
Funny, Alone, Sleep

It’s always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it. To remember where you come from is part of where you’re going.
Anthony Burgess
Good, Remember, Celebrate

The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent, experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it, if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
Anthony Burgess
Another, Sense, Needs

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.
Anthony Burgess
Young, Energy, Desire

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

We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation.
Anthony Burgess
Money, Degrees

If you believe in an unseen Christ, you will believe in the unseen Christlike potential of others.
Anthony Burgess
Others, Christ, Potential

Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.
Anthony Burgess
Rare, Readers, Thinkers

The unconscious mind has a habit of asserting itself in the afternoon.
Anthony Burgess
Mind, Itself, Afternoon

To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art.
Anthony Burgess
Art, Certain

Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion. Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets.
Anthony Burgess
Men, Women, Old

Books in a large university library system: 2,000,000. Books in an average large city library: 10,000. Average number of books in a chain bookstore: 30,000. Books in an average neighborhood branch library: 20,000.
Anthony Burgess
Books, System, Number

A novelist should not be too intelligent either, although… he may be permitted to be an intellectual.
Anthony Burgess
Either, Although, Novelist

The downtrodden are the great creators of slang.
Anthony Burgess
Great, Slang, Creators

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.
Anthony Burgess
Peace, War, Care

Bath twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace.
Anthony Burgess
Once, Public, Week

Every dogma has its day.
Anthony Burgess

I didn’t think; I experimented.
Anthony Burgess

One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth, is that of Not Going.
Anthony Burgess
Age, Known, Youth

The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.
Anthony Burgess
Book, Reading, Becomes

He said it was artificial respiration, but now I find I am to have his child.
Anthony Burgess
Said, Child, Artificial

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