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QUENTIN CRISP
English writer
(1908 - 1999)

Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are.
      - [Fashion]

For an introvert his environment is himself and can never be subject to startling or unforeseen change.
      - [Change]

Life was a funny thing that occurred on the way to the grave.
      - [Life]

My function in life was to render clear what was already blindingly conspicuous.
      - [Conspicuous]

The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.
      - [Meaning of Life]

The war between the sexes is the only one in which both sides regularly sleep with the enemy.
      - [Sex]

Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
      - [Intelligence]

Vice is its own reward.
      - [Vice]

When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and asked if the god I did not believe in was the protestant God or the catholic one.
      - [Atheism]

You should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
      - [Disaster]

An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last instalment missing.
      - The Naked Civil Servant (ch. 29)
        [Autobiography]


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