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By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I would say that, apart from being a writer, I have also always been very conscious of the idea of a 'world elsewhere'.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

The weird thing is, I'm not entirely sure that I am meant to think that such a gift is who I am according to the philosophy underlying Vedanta. But I have long been stubborn like that, for some reason. It's a gift, as I say.

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 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 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 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 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 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I have a sense of them being Easter religions, for some reason. Christianity, of course, is a mystery religion, too, and I believe that Arthur Machen was one of those especially interested in the link between the pagan mysteries and the Christian ones. So, my experience was also a Machenesque experience.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I began researching and writing what I intended as a book-length essay entitled Fascination and Liberation, exploring the question of whether there is a conflict between creativity and the Eastern form of enlightenment. I don't know if I'll ever finish that essay, because I had an experience, after I'd written two or three chapters, in which it seemed to me that my psychic antibodies decisively rejected Buddhism. Interestingly, the rejection felt as if it happened in Zen terms.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

Anyway, yes, telephones but not mobile phones, fish and chips still wrapped in actual newspaper and still with some kind of flavour, people visiting each other without having to consult their appointment diaries, not being able to record anything from the television; if you missed it you missed it - these were all the kinds of thing that made up the normality of the seventies.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

Nonetheless, I'm not sure this entirely accounts for my Buddhist voice, which tells me forever to give up writing, to give up on relationships, simply to give up. Whatever it is, it doesn't seem to me to be the voice of innocence.

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

My muse can take the form of a landscape, an era, a style of writing, a piece of music, and, perhaps that which I find strangest of all for a muse, a human female. Of course, she's also adept at taking the form of toothless old Japanese men or young English lads with tattoos.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I did not understand the differences between Catholic and Protestant until I was an adult.

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 19 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

There can be no such thing as “philosophical horror”, at least as a premeditated genre. Why? Because philosophy implies enquiry, reflection and an open mind, whereas the genre of horror demands certain conclusions in advance.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I never seem to find what I'm looking for, though. I suppose I feel, these days, too aware of schedules and things, to let myself get lost in the rain. Anyway, I came back home, and it was still raining, and as I was approaching the driveway of the house, and the front garden with its bushy flower bed, I caught a cooking smell from somewhere on the air. I don't know why, exactly, but it appealed to me as a Nagai Kafu moment.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

If future history is not to be just one damned thing after another in space, then what we really have to do is in some way overcome this linear experience of time that makes all existence a quest for something that will never be found.And philosophies such as Zen seem to hint that this is possible.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

It would be hard to say that exactly, but antinatalism is a reality in my life, not just an interesting idea. I can feel it in the chilled and weary marrow of my bones.

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

I think the natural is, for many people, the gateway to something supernatural or otherworldly.

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 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 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 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

The cultural products of America from this period [ fifties and sixties] are like a vision of paradise or something. I find it utterly intoxicating.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I'm not claiming anything like sainthood - merely a native perception.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I feel that Nagai Kafu was a writer who cold stitch together apparently meaningless moments like these into a lyrical whole, and has enhanced my ability to do the same with my own life.

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

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

Some Buddhists, however, never seem to get past the void, and I suppose I view this as a kind of Buddhist 'Old Testament' that I don't especially like.

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

What I find difficult about Buddhism, though it is also one of its significant fascinations, is the focus on what is immediately and physically present. To me, this seems a denial of the imagination, and the imagination is very important to me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

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

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 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

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 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 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I'm constantly struggling with the futility and even sinfulness, from an antinatalist point of view, of creativity. And that struggle itself seems part of the creativity, though I sometimes suspect that it's nothing but a burden and an obstacle.

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 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I seemed to recall some words from an old Zen master, something like, "My Zen cuts down mountains." My rejection of Buddhism was a cutting down of mountains; that is precisely how it felt to me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

I understand that words can mean different things to different people, and, further, that people can have different relationships with complex abstract entities such as Buddhism. To me, anyway, the entity in my life that conflicts with my creativity is Buddhism.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

Speaking of [Philip] Larkin, in his poem about the First World War he wrote something like, "Never such innocence, before or since, that turned itself to past without a word".

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

In the meditation, of course, the question is repeated and repeated until you run out of answers - or so I hear.

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 13 Sep

Quentin S. Crisp

Apart from the underlying mystery of all things, there is also another possible specific mystery in this situation: Why did I become so interested in Buddhism, Zen and so on? I seem to have a Buddhist voice in my head, and someone asked me about this recently, saying he was intrigued.