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Posted by on Jan 14, 2010 in Arts

Quentin Crisp

I have fond memories of  Mr. Crisp. A mutual friend arranged for me to meet him over breakfast in Soho a number of years ago. I was in heaven. The author of “The Naked Civil Servant”, the subject of the Sting song, “A Gentleman in New York” and the actor who played Queen Elizabeth I in “Orlando” was gracious and charming. Here are a few of his memorable quotes:

“If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style.”

“Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level.”

“The trouble with children is that they’re not returnable.”

 “If you describe things as better than they are, you are considered to be a romantic; if you describe things as worse than they are, you will be called a realist; and if you describe things exactly as they are, you will be thought of as a satirist.”

“There is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse.”

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