Anthony Burgess Quotes

Anthony Burgess Quotes: One goes on writing partly because it is the only available way of earning a living. It is a hard way and highly competitive. My heart drops into my bowels when I enter a bookshop and see how fierce the competition is...There is also a privier reason for pushing on, and that is the hopeless hope that someday that intractable enemy language will yield to the struggle to control it... Mastery never comes, and one serves a lifelong apprenticeship. The writer cannot retire from the battle; he dies fighting.
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Anthony Burgess Quote: I have heard earnest American sociologists say that American children have a right to the divorce experience as an enriching element of an advanced civilisation.
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Quotes about Anthony Burgess: Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture. Unread, it maintains its value. Read, it looks like money wasted. Cunningly, Americans know that books contain a person, and they want the person, not the book.
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Quote about Anthony Burgess: 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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Anthony Burgess Sayings: I mean, there's little enough in this life, really, and you only find it worth living for the odd moments, and if you think you're going to have those odd moments again, then it makes life wonderful and have a meaning.
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Anthony Burgess Saying: The essence of pop stardom is immaturity - a wretched little pseudo-musical gift, a development of the capacity to shock, a short-lived notoriety, extreme depression, a yielding to the suicidal impulse.
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Sayings about Anthony Burgess: As we grow older, the memories of early life brighten, those of maturity and senescence grow dim and confused.
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Saying about Anthony Burgess: That so many writers have been prepared to accept a kind of martyrdom is the best tribute that flesh can pay to the living spirit of man as expressed in his literature. One cannot doubt that the martyrdom will continue to be gladly embraced. To some of us, the wresting of beauty out of language is the only thing in the world that matters.
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Anthony Burgess Quotes: Immortality makes sense only when the individual soul can be thought of as merging into a great collective mush of sainthood. If we take anything with us into the next world, it is not what survives in the memories of our relicts.
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Anthony Burgess Quote: Every grain of experience is food for the greedy growing soul of the artist.
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Quotes about Anthony Burgess: 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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Quote about Anthony Burgess: Suddenly, I viddied what I had to do, and what I had wanted to do, and that was to do myself in; to snuff it, to blast off for ever out of this wicked, cruel world. One moment of pain perhaps and, then, sleep forever, and ever and ever.
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Anthony Burgess Sayings: ... A CLOCKWORK ORANGE- and I said: 'That's a fair gloopy title. Who ever heard of a clockwork orange?' Then I read a malenky bit out loud in a sort of very high type preaching goloss: '- The attempt to impose upon a man, a creature of growth and capable of sweetness, to ooze juicily at the last round the bearded lips of God, to attempt to impose, I say, laws and conditions appropriate to a mechanical creation, against this I raise my swordpen-
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Anthony Burgess Saying: 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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Sayings about Anthony Burgess: There is, in fact, not much point in writing a novel unless you can show the possibility of moral transformation, or an increase in wisdom, operating in your chief character or characters.
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Saying about Anthony Burgess: For the serious artist does not satisfy needs
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Anthony Burgess Quotes: The trouble began with Forster. After him it was considered ungentlemanly to write more than five or six novels.
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Anthony Burgess Quote: Without class differences, England would cease to be the living theatre it is.
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