Cyril Connolly Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Cyril Connolly quotes, Cyril Connolly sayings, and Cyril Connolly proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet. Cyril Connolly
Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate; a child who fears noises becomes the man who hates them. Cyril Connolly
There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say. Cyril Connolly
Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose. Cyril Connolly
One way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life. Cyril Connolly
Youth is a period of missed opportunities. Cyril Connolly
A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he starts out, have condemned himself to second-rate thoughts, and to second-rate friends. Cyril Connolly
While thought exists, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living. Cyril Connolly
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once. Cyril Connolly
Green leaves on a dead tree is our epitaph--green leaves, dear reader, on a dead tree. Cyril Connolly
There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say. Cyril Connolly
There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another. Cyril Connolly
Boys do not grow up gradually. They move forward in spurts like the hands of clocks in railway stations. Cyril Connolly
Believing in Hell must distort every judgement on this life. Cyril Connolly
Obesity is a mental state, a disease brought on by boredom and disappointment. Cyril Connolly
Friendships that last are those wherein each friend respects the other's dignity to the point of not really wanting anything from them. Cyril Connolly
Fallen leaves lying on the grass in the November sun bring more happiness than the daffodils. Cyril Connolly
No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning. Cyril Connolly
The river of truth is always splitting up into arms that reunite. Islanded between them, the inhabitants argue for a lifetime as to which is the mainstream. Cyril Connolly
Imprisoned in every fat man a thin man is wildly signaling to be let out. Cyril Connolly
The friendships which last are those wherein each friend respects the other's dignity to the point of not really wanting anything from him. Cyril Connolly
There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbours will say. Cyril Connolly
There is no fury like an ex-wife searching for a new lover. Cyril Connolly
We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy. Cyril Connolly
All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others. Cyril Connolly
Like those crabs which dress themselves with seaweed, we wear belief and custom. Cyril Connolly
Green leaves on a dead tree is our epitaph-green leaves, dear reader, on a dead tree. Cyril Connolly
There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbours will say. Cyril Connolly
Only by avoiding the beginning of things can we escape their end. Cyril Connolly
 The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married. Cyril Connolly