Cyril Vernon Connolly was an English intellectual, literary critic and writer.
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“Except for poverty, incompatibility, opposition of parents, absence of love on one side and of desire to marry on both, nothing stands in the way of our happy union.”
“The ape-like virtues without which no one can enjoy a public school.”
“The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.”
“Art is an absolute mistress; she will not be coquetted with or slighted; she requires the most entire self-devotion, and she repays with grand triumphs.”
“Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed which a child brings home glistening from the beach and which in an hour have lost their luster.”
“Everything is a dangerous drug except reality, which is unendurable.”
“Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth.”
“Idleness is only a coarse name for my infinite capacity for living in the present.”
“There is no more somber enemy of good art than the pram in the hall”
“Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising.”
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