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By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I think [imagination] very austere element of Buddhism is also linked with a strong antinatalist strain in the philosophy. The Buddha was enlightened when he destroyed the house of body and soul into which he would otherwise have been forever reborn. This is clearly antinatalism.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I'm more a dog person than a cat person.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

If you look at the ox-herding pictures - specifically the newer set of ten pictures rather than the older set of eight - you see that after the blank circle of the void, the cycle comes back to a river flowing by the roots of a tree (both strong symbols of nature, the life-force, the unconscious) and to the wanderer returning to the market place, which is the realm of human society and activity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I'm not sure if there is a cultural loss of innocence specifically associated with the seventies. The oil crisis? The Watergate scandal? I really don't know. There's nothing there on the scale of Hiroshima.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

People often refer to a creative ability as a 'gift', and, of course, it is, in that, if I had sat down and logically tried to work out who I was and what I should do, I would never have come up with the idea of writing. It was already there, gratis, a given - a gift.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

We may learn things from one who preaches, or we may find their pontificating a waste of time—often enough, a hypocritical waste of time. What child ever preaches? Yet time spent open-heartedly with a child is never wasted.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I do not think that my spiritual apprehensions are as dogmatically cultural as those of many people who have been brought up strictly in a particular tradition.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

As children in the seventies we were told about nebulous 'strangers'. By definition, we didn't know who these strangers were, and we didn't know what they wanted to do, but only that they were sinister. I think that was the stage the seventies were at.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

When we fail to live up to our ideals, for instance, we might begin to wonder who we are - most people are aware of a discrepancy, I think. There are idiosyncrasies and foibles, but we're not sure if these are essential. Some people think they are the most essential things of all.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I feel almost as if I had been born in a vacuum of innocence, and then had to come to terms with the fact that actually, I was born into the middle of history - the rather grimy normality of the 70s, which did, indeed, retain some traces of human innocence, but were also girded about by the demons of experience.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

[My muse] feels nostalgic for Japan, and, perhaps strangely, for the pioneer days of America.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

There's a strong aspect of Buddhism which is geared towards ending all fertility.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

The imagination is fertile. From seeds of the imagination, much is made manifest.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I suppose what I can say is that I do feel I have a natural spiritual sensibility.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I don't want to give too much away, but something horrible happens in 1977. That was also the year of the Queen's Silver Jubilee. I remember this jubilee. I remember receiving a commemorative coin from the school. I think it was a fifty pence piece. That was its monetary value, but it was not a normal fifty pence piece, and it would have been strange to try and use it in a shop.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

Lots of things were there [in the seventies], in the social experience, but not quite named, lurking like a stranger on the edge of the playground.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I don't know if Britain ever really achieved that much glamour. We had post-war austerity rather than post-war prosperity, and our cultural products of the time include some pretty dour kitchen-sink dramas of the A Kind of Loving variety. (This kind of film seems disillusioned with the sixties before they've even really begun.)

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

The peculiar thing is that, in focusing only on the here and now, Buddhism seems to despise the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I do have a muse. I am not sure how to describe her. She can be very elusive. She was born in England but has Mediterranean ancestry.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

Some people have described Daoism as pantheist, and although there's something in me that resists this designation, I can see that Daoism is consistent with pantheism. If there is any way in which pantheism makes sense and is not redundant, then it is the way (or 'the Way') presented in Daoism.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

The urban, on the other hand, is often seen as more real and mundane, even though it is obviously far more recent in terms of planetary development. I think this might be because nature corresponds to the unconscious and the artificial world of the city and human culture to the conscious mind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I associate my childhood with two things, mainly: the North Devon countryside and a sense of connection to another world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

It's true that Eastern philosophy and religion were not unknown to me as a child, since my father has explored much in that area, and written books more or less in that area, too.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

The research reading I did for Fascination and Liberation included some Jung, and I noticed that he had a similar impression of Buddhism to myself, that, if it weren't for certain qualifying clauses, the philosophy would be downright suicidal.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

People didn't talk about paedophiles in the seventies, I don't think.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I mean, in 1979 I was seven. I do remember punk, though, as a playground phenomenon, and remember that it was exciting to us. It really was, to a five- or six-year-old, quite a thrilling enticement to revolt. The anarchy sign scratched in desk tops, and so on.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

It's interesting, the sense of pastoral utopia that exists in so much fantasy - in [Edward ] Dunsany, [John R.R.] Tolkien and so on.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

More or less the first thing that comes into my head is that some people are always looking for what they want to do in life and never finding it. I'm not one of those people. It has been very obvious to me from an early age who I am, and this has been tied up with creativity, and, specifically, with writing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

If we do want to do that [ colonise space to survive, ], then vacuous materialism is not going to be enough for us.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

[Someone] said that what I described as the Buddhist voice - the life-denying voice of censure and guilt - sounded to him very much like a Catholic voice. This is, indeed, a mystery, and it intrigues me, too.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I feel like the seventies was a decade where things ran out, and where other things set in. There was just a lurking graininess and seediness about the decade, a slight grogginess of the hangover from the sixties.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

When I think back on it, I have a sense of relaxation, as if in the seventies no one had to try to be anyone other than who they were. I'm sure that's not really true, but that's how I remember it, and I suppose it might be relatively true.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I don't believe in sexual love.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I went on a meditation retreat. In 10 or so days, I spent about a hundred hours meditating, observing 'noble silence' the whole time, and so on. This was an interesting experience, which has had some beneficial effects for me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I feel a little as if the Buddhism is creeping back, but I mention all this simply in order to illustrate that there is, in my life, a fundamental sense of conflict between something that I am calling 'Buddhism' and my creative impulse.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

Another part of the rejection I mention was the realisation that Buddhism quite simply ignores or dismisses a whole hemisphere of human experience that finds expression in and is enshrined by the mystery religions.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I grew up in North Devon, by the sea, and feel a special affinity for the landscape there, despite a lack of actual ancestry.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

If there is innocence on Earth again, I tend to imagine it in more [Henry David]Thoreau sort of terms.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I went for a walk in the rain. Recently, whenever it rains, I feel like I want to go for a walk.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I have a bit of a struggle with some aspects of or forms of Buddhism, but Zen I find to be mainly congenial.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

Zen, on the other hand, is not so dogmatically sterile, though there are certainly traces and more than traces of this austerity. However, with Zen we have not only the void, but the fertile void. The ink lines in a sumi-e painting show this fertility of the void ever ready to brim over into existence.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I really think [William] Burroughs was onto something here, when he said, "Dreams are a biologic necessity and your lifeline into space.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

In terms of what is expressed, antinatalism is a strong presence, not always explicit, in what I write.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

She [me muse] feels most at home in autumn, nonetheless, she is glad of the other seasons and loves them all. Without the others she would be unable to feel most at home in autumn, besides which, she almost feels most at home in all of them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I think I still have [commemorative coin ] somewhere. Why was this given to me? I think every child in the country must have received one [ from Queen's Silver Jubilee]. That's the last time that I recall something of an innocent, more-or-less unquestioning monarchist patriotism in Britain.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

[My muse] likes to inhabit tea leaves, sunlight filtered through bamboo, melancholy clouds over the Devon coastline, a weedy railroad crossing in the Southern States, bubblegum pop from the sixties, torch songs from the forties, undersea caves where B-movie octopi grapple with men in loincloths, sacred groves of pink anime dryads, Victorian fairy paintings executed by gentlemen in lunatic asylums and so on.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

There's a possible qualification I can make here about a non-pantheist god that is in some way tenable, and that is the idea of a god that has in some way discharged the universe from its own substance (I associate this with the word 'tzimtzum'), possibly even by a form of suicide - a suicide that might have been the Big Bang.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

The famous atheist Christopher Hitchens once declared that ‘You’re expelled from your mother’s uterus as if shot from a cannon, towards a barn door studded with old nail files and rusty hooks.’ Presumably that was what he had in mind when conceiving his three children.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

You focus on the here and now in order to escape existence forever and vanish into Nirvana. There is another religious impulse that is the opposite of this. It uses a world elsewhere in order to affirm life and give a reason to "go forth and multiply".

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

This is part of the fundamental character of Buddhism that I find problematic - that it is not interested in anything. Hence the 'Fascination' in the title of the essay, the fascination of art and creativity, stands in opposition to what is called 'Liberation'.