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Cyril Connolly

Geburtstag: 10. September 1903
Todesdatum: 26. November 1974
Andere Namen: Cyril Connolly

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Cyril Vernon Connolly war ein englischer Schriftsteller, Literaturkritiker, und Journalist.

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„A mistake which is commonly made about neurotics is to suppose that they are interesting.“

—  Cyril Connolly, buch The Unquiet Grave
The Unquiet Grave (1944), Context: A mistake which is commonly made about neurotics is to suppose that they are interesting. It is not interesting to be always unhappy, engrossed with oneself, malignant or ungrateful, and never quite in touch with reality. Neurotics are heartless. Part II: Te Palinure Petens (p.64)

„Its cardinal assumption is that neither the writer nor the reader is in a hurry, that both are possessed of a classical education and a private income. It is Ciceronian English.“

—  Cyril Connolly, buch Enemies of Promise
Enemies of Promise (1938), Part 1: Predicament, Context: The Mandarin style at its best yields the richest and most complete expression of the English language. It is the diction of Donne, Browne, Addison, Johnson, Gibbon, de Quincey, Landor, Carlyle and Ruskin as opposed to that of Bunyan, Dryden, Locke, Defoe, Cowper, Cobbett, Hazlitt, Southey and Newman. It is characterized by long sentences with many dependent clauses, by the use of the subjunctive and conditional, by exclamations and interjections, quotations, allusions, metaphors, long images, Latin terminology, subtlety and conceits. Its cardinal assumption is that neither the writer nor the reader is in a hurry, that both are possessed of a classical education and a private income. It is Ciceronian English. Ch. 3: The Challenge to the Mandarins (p. 17-18)

„The birds depart, the flowers wither, the branches are dislodged and drift downward; no trace is left of the floating island but a stone submerged by the water; — such is our personality.“

—  Cyril Connolly, buch The Unquiet Grave
The Unquiet Grave (1944), Context: A stone lies in a river; a piece of wood is jammed against it; dead leaves, drifting logs, and branches caked with mud collect; weeds settle there, and soon birds have made a nest and are feeding their young among the blossoming water plants. Then the river rises and the earth is washed away. The birds depart, the flowers wither, the branches are dislodged and drift downward; no trace is left of the floating island but a stone submerged by the water; — such is our personality. Part I: Ecce Gubernator (p. 20)

„The river of truth is always splitting up into arms that reunite. Islanded between them, the inhabitants argue for a lifetime as to which is the mainstream.“

—  Cyril Connolly, buch The Unquiet Grave
The Unquiet Grave (1944), Context: Ridiculous as may seem the dualities of conflict at a given time, it does not follow that dualism is a worthless process. The river of truth is always splitting up into arms that reunite. Islanded between them, the inhabitants argue for a lifetime as to which is the mainstream. Part III: La Clé des Chants (p. 98) Variant: Truth is a river that is always splitting up into arms that reunite. Islanded between the arms, the inhabitants argue for a lifetime as to which is the main river. As quoted in The International Thesaurus of Quotations (1970) compiled by Rhoda Thomas Tripp. This version has also appeared in earlier published sources<!-- The American journal Imago of the Association for Applied Psychoanalysis published by Johns Hopkins University Press (c. 1958?)-->, but it may be a misquotation.

„There is no hate without fear. Hate is crystallized fear, fear's dividend, fear objectivized. We hate what we fear and so where hate is, fear will be lurking.“

—  Cyril Connolly, buch The Unquiet Grave
The Unquiet Grave (1944), Context: There is no hate without fear. Hate is crystallized fear, fear's dividend, fear objectivized. We hate what we fear and so where hate is, fear will be lurking. Thus we hate what threatens our person, our liberty, our privacy, our income, our popularity, our vanity and our dreams and plans for ourselves. If we can isolate this element in what we hate we may be able to cease from hating. Analyse in this way the hatred of ideas or of the kind of people whom we have once loved and whose faces are preserved in Spirits of Anger. Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate; a child who fears noises becomes the man who hates them. Part III: La Clé des Chants (p.103)

„The Mandarin style at its best yields the richest and most complete expression of the English language.“

—  Cyril Connolly, buch Enemies of Promise
Enemies of Promise (1938), Part 1: Predicament, Context: The Mandarin style at its best yields the richest and most complete expression of the English language. It is the diction of Donne, Browne, Addison, Johnson, Gibbon, de Quincey, Landor, Carlyle and Ruskin as opposed to that of Bunyan, Dryden, Locke, Defoe, Cowper, Cobbett, Hazlitt, Southey and Newman. It is characterized by long sentences with many dependent clauses, by the use of the subjunctive and conditional, by exclamations and interjections, quotations, allusions, metaphors, long images, Latin terminology, subtlety and conceits. Its cardinal assumption is that neither the writer nor the reader is in a hurry, that both are possessed of a classical education and a private income. It is Ciceronian English. Ch. 3: The Challenge to the Mandarins (p. 17-18)

„Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate; a child who fears noises becomes the man who hates them.“

—  Cyril Connolly, buch The Unquiet Grave
The Unquiet Grave (1944), Context: There is no hate without fear. Hate is crystallized fear, fear's dividend, fear objectivized. We hate what we fear and so where hate is, fear will be lurking. Thus we hate what threatens our person, our liberty, our privacy, our income, our popularity, our vanity and our dreams and plans for ourselves. If we can isolate this element in what we hate we may be able to cease from hating. Analyse in this way the hatred of ideas or of the kind of people whom we have once loved and whose faces are preserved in Spirits of Anger. Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate; a child who fears noises becomes the man who hates them. Part III: La Clé des Chants (p.103)

„Flaubert spoke true: to succeed a great artist must have both character and fanaticism and few in this country are willing to pay the price.“

—  Cyril Connolly, buch The Unquiet Grave
The Unquiet Grave (1944), Context: Flaubert spoke true: to succeed a great artist must have both character and fanaticism and few in this country are willing to pay the price. Our writers have either no personality and therefore no style or a false personality and therefore a bad style; they mistake prejudice for energy and accept the sensation of material well-being as a system of thought. Part III: La Clé des Chants (p. 93)

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„Whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first call promising.“

—  Cyril Connolly, buch Enemies of Promise
Enemies of Promise (1938), Part 2: The Charlock’s Shade, Context: Whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first call promising. Young writers if they are to mature require a period of between three and seven years in which to live down their promise. Promise is like the mediaeval hangman who after settling the noose, pushed his victim off the platform and jumped on his back, his weight acting a drop while his jockeying arms prevented the unfortunate from loosening the rope. When he judged him dead he dropped to the ground. Ch. 13: The Poppies (p. 109-110)

„So wrote Pater, calling an art-for-art's sake muezzin to the faithful from the topmost turret of the ivory tower.“

—  Cyril Connolly, buch Enemies of Promise
Enemies of Promise (1938), Part 1: Predicament, Ch. 5: Anatomy of Dandyism (p. 37)

„Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turning before we have learnt to walk.“

—  Cyril Connolly, buch The Unquiet Grave
The Unquiet Grave (1944), Part I: Ecce Gubernator (p. 23)

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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