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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.
tags: mistakes fail
— Anthony Burgess
Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.
— Anthony Burgess
To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art.
tags: write
— Anthony Burgess
One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth, is that of Not Going.
tags: youth age
— Anthony Burgess
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.
tags: food experience soul artist
— Anthony Burgess
I see what is right and approve, but I do what is wrong.
tags: right wrong
— Anthony Burgess
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.
tags: writing
— Anthony Burgess
Translation is not a matter of words only: it is a matter of making intelligible a whole culture.
tags: culture
— Anthony Burgess
It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you watch them on a screen.
tags: funny world real
— Anthony Burgess
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.
tags: community education
— Anthony Burgess
It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil.
tags: evil
— Anthony Burgess
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?
tags: evil men
— Anthony Burgess
When a man cannot chose, he ceases to be a man.
tags: men
— Anthony Burgess
Colonialism. The enforced spread of the rule of reason. But who is going to spread it among the colonizers?
tags: rules
— Anthony Burgess
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.
tags: evil choice morals
— Anthony Burgess
...We're a government that believes in everybody having the illusion of free will.
tags: believe illusion government
— 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.
tags: language victory democracy england
— Anthony Burgess
Beckett does not believe in God, though he seems to imply that God has committed an unforgivable sin by not existing.
tags: believe god sin
— Anthony Burgess
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.
tags: world sleep alone
— Anthony Burgess
The practice of fiction can be dangerous: it puts ideas into the head of the world.
tags: world fiction ideas
— Anthony Burgess
Blessed tree and blessed birds, that were to be neither saved nor damned.
tags: blessed
— Anthony Burgess
Literature ceases to be literature when it commits itself to moral uplift; it becomes moral philosophy or some such dull thing.
tags: philosophy morals literature
— Anthony Burgess
When the State withers, humanity flowers.
tags: humanity flowers
— Anthony Burgess
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.
tags: language imagination
— Anthony Burgess
If you believe in an unseen Christ, you will believe in the unseen Christlike potential of others.
tags: believe potential christ
— 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.
tags: earth
— Anthony Burgess
Literature is all, or mostly, about sex.
tags: sex literature
— Anthony Burgess
All human life is here, but the Holy Ghost seems to be somewhere else.
tags: human ghost holy
— Anthony Burgess
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?
tags: animals real
— Anthony Burgess
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.
tags: stupidity care book read profession ignorance
— 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.
tags: world violence music
— Anthony Burgess
If you expect the worst from a person you can never be disappointed.
tags: people
— Anthony Burgess
anthony burgess
Birth    : February 25, 1917
Death  : November 22, 1993
Occupation  : Writer