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Anthony Burgess

John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL (/?b??rd??s/; 25 February 1917 – 22 November 1993) – who published under the pen name Anthony Burgess – was an English writer and composer. From relatively modest beginnings in a Catholic family in Manchester, he eventually became one of the best known English literary figures of the latter half of the twentieth century

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If you expect the worst from a person, you can't ever be disappointed... The pessimist takes a sort ...

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Death comes along like a gas bill one can't pay.

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Elgar is not manic enough to be Russian, not witty or pointilliste enough to be French, not harmonic ...

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The ideal reader of my novels is a lapsed Catholic and failed musician, short-sighted, colour-blind, ...

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One goes on writing partly because it is the only available way of earning a living. It is a hard wa ...

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The state is never so efficient as when it wants money.

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You don't say, 'I've done it!' You come, with a kind of horrible desperation, to realize that this w ...

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Blessed tree and blessed birds, that were to be neither saved nor damned.

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All art preserves mysteries which aesthetic philosophers tackle in vain.

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A word in a dictionary is very much like a car in a mammoth motor show - full of potential but tempo ...

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As we grow older, the memories of early life brighten, those of maturity and senescence grow dim and ...

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With both agents and publishers hungry for bestsellers, literature will have to end up as a cottage ...

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The adult relation to books is one of absorbing rather than being absorbed.

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We only need to wear shoes because the British built roads which hurt our feet.

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The trouble began with Forster. After him it was considered ungentlemanly to write more than five or ...

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