The Naked Civil Servant Quotes.

1. "If a man were to look over the fence on one side of his garden and observe that the neighbor on his left had laid his garden path round a central lawn; and were to look over the fence on the other side of his garden and observe that the neighbor on his right had laid his path down the middle of the lawn, and were then to lay his own garden path diagonally from one corner to the other, that man's soul would be lost. Originality is only to be praised when not prefaced by the look to right and left."
- Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil Servant

2. "A fair share of anything is starvation diet to an egomaniac."
- Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil Servant

3. "Fear and hatred do not seem to find expression in tears."
- Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil Servant

4. "Without knowing it, I was acquiring that haughty bearing which is characteristic of so many eccentrics. What other expression would you expect to find on the face of anyone who knows that if he turns his head too quickly, he will see on the faces of others glares of stark terror or grimaces of hatred? Aloofness is the posture of self-defense."
- Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil Servant

5. "So black was the way ahead that my progress consisted of long periods of inert despondency punctuated by spasmodic lurches forward towards any small chink of light that I thought I saw...As the years went by, it did not get lighter but I became accustomed to the dark"
- Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil Servant

6. "I learned very early in life that I was always going to need people more than they needed me."
- Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil Servant

7. "What I wanted most of all was to use sex as a weapon to allure, subjugate, and, if possible, destroy the personality of others."
- Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil Servant

8. "The average woman, unless she is particularly ill-favored, regards loving and being loved as a normal part of life. If a man says he loves her she believes him. Indeed some women are convinced they are adored by men who can be seen by all to be running in the opposite direction. For homosexuals this is not so. Love and admiration have to be won against heavy odds. Any declaration of affection requires proof. So many approaches made to them are insincere - even hostile. What better proof of love can there be than money? A ten-shilling note showed incontrovertibly just how mad about you a man is. Even in the minds of some women a confusion exists between love and money if the quantity is large enough. They evade the charge of mercenariness by using the cash they extort from one man to deal a bludgeoning blow of humiliation upon another. Some homosexuals attempt this gambit, but it is risky. The giving of money is a masculine act and blurs the internal image."
- Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil Servant

9. "Then my hostess said, "Oh, Denis (as my name was before I dyed it) never plays the part of a man."
- Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil Servant

10. "Vice is its own reward."
- Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil Servant

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