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Quotes of the day: Kingsley Amis

Published Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 12:19 AM EDT
Oct 22 2013

Sir Kingsley William Amis, CBE (Apri 16, 1922 - October 22, 1995) was an English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher. He wrote more than 20 novels, six volumes of poetry, a memoir, various short stories, radio and television scripts, along with works of social and literary criticism. According to his biographer, Zachary Leader, Amis was "the finest English comic novelist of the second half of the twentieth century." He was the father of English novelist Martin Amis. (Click for full Wikipedia article.)


Consciousness was upon him before he could get out of the way.

Death has this much to be said for it:
You don't have to get out of bed for it.
Wherever you happen to be
They bring it to you— free.

Doing what you wanted to do was the only training, and the only preliminary, needed for doing more of what you wanted to do.

Education is one thing and instruction, however worthy, necessary and incidentally or monetarily educative, another.

He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.

I want a dish to taste good, rather than to have been seethed in pig's milk and served wrapped in a rhubarb leaf with grated thistle root.

If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing.

It is natural and harmless in English to use a preposition to end a sentence with.

It was no wonder that people were so horrible when they started life as children.

It's never pleasant to have one's unquestioning beliefs put in their historical context, as I know from experience, I can assure you.

It’s a letdown if the comedian doesn’t finally actually really sit on his hat.

Laziness has become the chief characteristic of journalism, displacing incompetence.

Never despise a drink because it is easy to make and/or uses commercial mixes. Unquestioning devotion to authenticity is, in any department of life, a mark of the naive- or worse.

No pleasure is worth giving up for the sake of two more years in a geriatric home...

One of the great benefits of organized religion is that you can be forgiven your sins, which must be a wonderful thing. I mean, I carry my sins around with me, there's nobody there to forgive them.

Only a world without love strikes me as instantly and decisively more terrible than one without music.

Outside every fat man there was an even fatter man trying to close in.

Sex stops when you pull up your pants, Love never lets you go.

The first, indeed the only, requirement of a diet is that it should lose you weight without reducing your alcoholic intake by the smallest degree.

The rewards for being sane may not be very many, but knowing what's funny is one of them.

There isn't another other sex.

There was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones.

Wives and such are constantly filling up any refrigerator they have a claim on, even its ice compartment, with irrelevant rubbish like food.

You'll find that marriage is a good short cut to the truth. No, not quite that. A way of doubling back to the truth.

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