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By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Burgess

A novelist should not be too intelligent either, although... he may be permitted to be an intellectual.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Burgess

To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Burgess

...youth is only being in a way like it might be an animal. No, it is not just like being an animal so much as being like one of these malenky toys you viddy being sold in the streets, like little chellovecks made out of tin and with a spring inside and then a winding handle on the outside and you wind it up grrr grrr grrr and off it itties, like walking, O my brothers. But it itties in a straight line and bangs straight into things bang bang and it cannot help what it is doing. Being young is like being like one of these malenky machines.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Burgess

With both agents and publishers hungry for bestsellers, literature will have to end up as a cottage industry.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anthony Burgess

I've always felt that English women had to be approached in a sisterly manner, rather than an erotic manner.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Burgess

History is a wheel. This sort of world can't go on for ever either.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anthony Burgess

It seems priggish or pollyannaish to deny that my intention in writing the work was to titillate the nastier propensities of my readers. My own healthy inheritance of original sin comes out in the book and I enjoyed raping and ripping by proxy. It is the novelist’s innate cowardice that makes him depute to imaginary personalities the sins that he is too cautious to commit for himself.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Burgess

When a man cannot chose, he ceases to be a man.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Burgess

...We're a government that believes in everybody having the illusion of free will.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Burgess

And I sort of frowned about that, thinking. 'You felt ill this afternoon,' he said, 'because you're getting better. When we're healthy we respond to the presence of the hateful with fear and nausea. You're becoming healthy, that's all.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Burgess

A man can write one book that can be great, but this doesn't make him a great writer-just the writer of a great book. . . I think a writer has to extend very widely, as well as plunge very deep, to be a great novelist.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anthony Burgess

It had been a wonderful evening and what I needed now, to give it the perfect ending, was a little of the Ludwig Van.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Burgess

If you write fiction you are, in a sense, corrupted. There's a tremendous corruptibility for the fiction writer because you're dealing mainly with sex and violence. These remain the basic themes, they're the basic themes of Shakespeare whether you like it or not.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Burgess

You needn't take it any further, sir. You've proved to me that all this ultraviolence and killing is wrong, wrong, and terribly wrong. I've learned me lesson, sir. I've seen now what I've never seen before. I'm cured! Praise Bog! I'm cured!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Burgess

And those hard slovos, brothers, were like the beginning of my freedom.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Burgess

Every dogma has its day.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Burgess

An eye for an eye, I say. If someone hits you you hit back, do you not? Why then should not the State, very severely hit by you brutal hooligans, not hit back also? But the new view is to say no. The new view is that we turn the bad into the good. All of which seems to me grossly unjust.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anthony Burgess

I think art is sublimated libido. You can’t be a eunuch priest, and you can’t be a eunuch artist.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Burgess

...I expected a gift, you know, something nice and useless...

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anthony Burgess

I viddied that thinking is for the gloopy ones and that the oomny ones use like inspiration and what Bog sends. For now it was lovely music that came to my aid.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Burgess

In a story you had to find a reason, but real life gets on very well without even Freudian motivations.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Burgess

The practice of fiction can be dangerous: it puts ideas into the head of the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Burgess

Americans will listen, but they do not care to read. War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement, which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Burgess

As for the new world war that's waiting in the womb of time, a healthily developed foetus, who can say what will spark it, how destructive it will be? We've already played at this war in film and fiction, indicating that there's a part of us that desperately wants it. What nonsense writers and filmmakers talk when they say that their terrible visions are meant as a warning. [...] It's sheer wish fulfillment. War... is a culture pattern. It's a legitimate mode of cultural transmission....

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Burgess

How wicked, my brothers, innocent milk must always seem to me now.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Burgess

I didn't think; I experimented.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Anthony Burgess

The heresy of an age of reason,' or some such slovos [words]. 'I see what is right and approve, but I do what is wrong.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Burgess

There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie and Dim, Dim being really dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar making up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Anthony Burgess

What's all this about sin, eh?' 'That,' I said, very sick. 'Using Ludwig van like that. He did no harm to anyone. Beethoven just wrote music.' And then I was really sick and they had to bring a bowl that was in the shape of like a kidney. 'Music,' said Dr. Brodsky, like musing. 'So you're keen on music. I know nothing about it myself. It's a useful emotional heightener, that's all I know. Well, well. What do you think about that, eh, Branom?' 'It can't be helped,' said Dr. Branom. 'Each man kills the thing he loves...

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anthony Burgess

Novelists are perhaps the last people in the world to be entrusted with opinions. The nature of a novel is that it has no opinions, only the dialectic of contrary views, some of which, all of which, may be untenable and even silly. A novelist should not be too intelligent either, although he may be permitted to be an intellectual.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Burgess

Ignorance and poverty are the best condiments for the great feast of the world, but the inexperienced and poor are never invited to it.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Anthony Burgess

Me, me, me. How about me? Where do I come into all this? Am I like just some animal or dog? Am I just to be like a clockwork orange?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Burgess

And I thought to myself, Hell and blast you all, if all you bastards are on the side of Good then I'm glad I belong to the other shop.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Burgess

Without class differences, England would cease to be the living theatre it is.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Burgess

Do they merit vitriol, even a drop of it? Yes, because they corrupt the young, persuading them that the mature world, which produced Beethoven and Schweitzer, sets an even higher value on the transient anodynes of youth than does youth itself.... They are the Hollow Men. They are electronic lice.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Anthony Burgess

Well, if they would not go to school they must still have their education. And education they had had.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Burgess

Badness is of the self, the one, the you or me on our oddy knockies, and that self is made by old Bog or God and is his great pride and radosty. But the not-self cannot have the bad, meaning they of the government and the judges and the schools cannot allow the bad because they cannot allow the self.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Burgess

But, brothers, this biting of their toe-nails over what is the CAUSE of badness is what turns me into a fine laughing malchick. They don't go into what is the cause of GOODNESS, so why of the other shop?

By Anonym 18 Sep

Anthony Burgess

Perhaps, all these years, the historiographers had been unwilling to recognize history as a spiral, perhaps because a spiral was so difficult to describe. Easier to photograph the spiral from the top, easier to flatten the spring into a coil.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Burgess

Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion. Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Anthony Burgess

They were like waking up to what was being done to their malenky persons and saying that they wanted to go home and like I was a wild beast. They looked like they had been in some big bitva, as indeed they had, and were all bruised and pouty. Well, if they would not go to school they must have there education. And education they had had.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Burgess

And what, brothers, I had to escape into sleep from then was the horrible and wrong feeling that it was better to get the hit than give it. If that veck had stayed I might even have like presented the other cheek.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anthony Burgess

The essence of pop stardom is immaturity - a wretched little pseudo-musical gift, a development of the capacity to shock, a short-lived notoriety, extreme depression, a yielding to the suicidal impulse.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Burgess

But don't think that it's a system or a culture or a state or a person that does the letting down. It's our expectations that let us down. It begins in the warmth of the womb and the discovery that it's cold outside. But it's not the cold's fault that it's cold.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Burgess

For no man is damned precisely because God hath not chosen him, because he is not elected, but because he is a sinner, and doth wilfully refuse the means of grace offered.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Burgess

Come with uncle and hear all proper. Hear angel trumpets and devil trombones...you are invited!

By Anonym 18 Sep

Anthony Burgess

People don't want to know. They have to be made to know. Whether they act on what they know is up to them. But they have to know.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Burgess

We are supposed to be the children of Seth; but Seth is too much of an effete nonentity to deserve ancestral regard. No, we are the sons of Cain, and with violence can be associated the attacks on sound, stone, wood and metal that produced civilization.