The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus Quotes.

1. "While thoughts exist, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living."
- Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus

2. "There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another... It is when we begin to hurt those whom we love that the guilt with which we are born becomes intolerable, and since all those whom we love intensely and continuously grow part of us, and since we hate ourselves in them, so we torture ourselves and them together."
- Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus

3. "...art is made by the alone for the alone… The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication..."
- Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus

4. "Beneath this mask of selfish tranquility nothing exists except bitterness and boredom. I am one of those whom suffering has made empty and frivilous: each night in my dreams I pull the scab off a wound; each day, vacuous and habit ridden, I let it reform."
- Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus

5. "There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbours will say."
- Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus

6. "When even despair ceases to serve any creative purpose, then surely we are justified in suicide. For what better grounds for suicide can there be than to go on making the same series of false moves which invariably lead to the same disaster and to repeat a pattern without knowing why it is false or wherein lies the flaw? And yet to percieve that in ourselves revolves a cycle of activity which is certain to end in paralysis of the will, desertion, panic and despair - always to go on loving those who have ceased to love us, and who have quite lost all resemblance to the selves who we loved! Suicide is infectious; what if the agonies which suicide endure before they are driven to take their own life, the emotion of 'all is lost' - are infectious too?"
- Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus

7. "Our memories are card-indexes consulted and then put back in disorder by authorities whom we do not control."
- Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus

8. "No opinions, no ideas, no real knowledge of anything, no ideals, no inspiration; a fat, slothful, querulous, greedy, impotent carcass; a stump, a decaying belly washed up on the shore... Always tired, always bored, always hurt, always hating."
- Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus

9. "If our elaborate and dominating bodies are given to us to be denied at every turn, if our nature is always wrong and wicked, how ineffectual we are—like fishes not meant to swim."
- Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus

10. "A mutually fulfilled sexual union between two people is the rarest sensation which life can provide. But it is not quite real. It stops when the telephone rings. Such a passion can be kept at its early strength only by adding to it either more and more unhappiness (jealousy, separation, doubt, renunciation), or more and more artificiality (drink, technique, stage-illusions). Whoever has missed this has never lived, who lives for it alone is but partly alive."
- Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus

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