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    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.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: mistakes  fail 
     
    Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.
    — Anthony Burgess
    To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: write 
     
    One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth, is that of Not Going.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: youth  age 
     
    Put it off for a bit. All life is putting off. Well, not entirely.
    — Anthony Burgess
    Every grain of experience is food for the greedy growing soul of the artist.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: food  experience  soul  artist 
     
    I see what is right and approve, but I do what is wrong.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: right  wrong 
     
    Every dogma has its day.
    — Anthony Burgess
    I chart a little first-list of names, rough synopsis of chapters, and so on. But one daren't overplan; so many things are generated by the sheer act of writing.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: writing 
     
    Translation is not a matter of words only: it is a matter of making intelligible a whole culture.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: culture 
     
    It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you watch them on a screen.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: funny  world  real 
     
    The purpose of education is to fit us for life in a civilised community, and it seems to follow from the subjects we study that the two most important things in civilised life are Art and Science.
    — Anthony Burgess
    It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: evil 
     
    Hitler was a teetotalitarian.
    — Anthony Burgess
    We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.
    — Anthony Burgess
    Is it better for a man to have chosen evil than to have good imposed upon him?
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: evil  men 
     
    When a man cannot chose, he ceases to be a man.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: men 
     
    Colonialism. The enforced spread of the rule of reason. But who is going to spread it among the colonizers?
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: rules 
     
    The important thing is moral choice. Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate. Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: evil  choice  morals 
     
    ...We're a government that believes in everybody having the illusion of free will.
    — Anthony Burgess
    There is, in fact, not much point in writing a novel unless you can show the possibility of moral transformation, or an increase in wisdom, operating in your chief character or characters.
    — Anthony Burgess
    Only in England is the perversion of language regarded as a victory for democracy.
    — Anthony Burgess
    Beckett does not believe in God, though he seems to imply that God has committed an unforgivable sin by not existing.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: believe  god  sin 
     
    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.
    — Anthony Burgess
    Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: world  sleep  alone 
     
    The practice of fiction can be dangerous: it puts ideas into the head of the world.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: world  fiction  ideas 
     
    Blessed tree and blessed birds, that were to be neither saved nor damned.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: blessed 
     
    Literature ceases to be literature when it commits itself to moral uplift; it becomes moral philosophy or some such dull thing.
    — Anthony Burgess
    When the State withers, humanity flowers.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: humanity  flowers 
     
    But what I do I do because I like to do.
    — Anthony Burgess
    Language exists less to record the actual than to liberate the imagination.
    — Anthony Burgess
    If you believe in an unseen Christ, you will believe in the unseen Christlike potential of others.
    — Anthony Burgess
    There is a satisfactory boniness about grammar which the flesh of sheer vocabulary requires before it can become a vertebrate and walk the earth.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: earth 
     
    Literature is all, or mostly, about sex.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: sex  literature 
     
    All human life is here, but the Holy Ghost seems to be somewhere else.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: human  ghost  holy 
     
    Where do I come into all of this? Am I just some animal or dog?' And that started them off govoreeting real loud and throwing slovos at me. So I creeched louder still, creeching: 'Am I just to be like a clockwork orange?
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: animals  real 
     
    Reviewers do not read books with much care . . . their profession is more given to stupidity and malice and literary ignorance even than the profession of novelist.
    — Anthony Burgess
    To devastate is easier and more spectacular than to create.
    — Anthony Burgess
    Delimitation is always difficult. The world is one, life is one. The sweetest and most heavenly of activities partake in some measure of violence - the act of love, for instance; music, for instance.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: world  violence  music 
     
    If you expect the worst from a person you can never be disappointed.
    — Anthony Burgess
    tags: people 
     
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    anthony burgess
    Birth    : February 25, 1917
    Death  : November 22, 1993
    Occupation  : Writer