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