Anthony Burgess

Anthony Burgess


Author Profession: Nonfiction, Literature & Fiction Influences Ford Madox Ford, Vladimir Nabokov, James Joyce, Evelyn Waugh, Christop Ford Madox Ford, Vladimir Nabokov, James Joyce, Evelyn Waugh, Christopher Marlowe, Homer, T.S. Eliot, Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Ernest Hemingway ...more
Born: February 25, 1917
Died: November 22, 1993
Birth Sign: Pisces


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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.

One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth, is that of Not Going.

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.

Every dogma has its day.

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

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

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.

The downtrodden are the great creators of slang.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.

I didn't think; I experimented.

To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art.

He said it was artificial respiration, but now I find I am to have his child.

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

If you believe in an unseen Christ, you will believe in the unseen Christlike potential of others.

The unconscious mind has a habit of asserting itself in the afternoon.

If your mind is at work, we're in danger of reproducing another cliche. If we can keep our minds out of it and our thoughts out of it, maybe we'll come up with something original. Peter Falk

The lecturer should give the audience full reason to believe that all his powers have been exerted for their pleasure and instruction. Michael Faraday quotes

I just thank God that I didn't grow up with so much money or privilege because you had to create ways to make it happen. Kim Basinger

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