The best Quotes by Anthony Burgess

The best Quotes by Anthony Burgess

John Anthony Burgess Wilson (25 February 1917 – 22 November 1993) who published under the name Anthony Burgess, was an English writer and composer.

When we pray we admit defeat.
If you expect the worst from a person you can never be disappointed.
We're a government that believes in everybody having the illusion of free will.
Every grain of experience is food for the greedy growing soul of the artist.
Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.
A perverse nature can be stimulated by anything. Any book can be used as a p-rnographic instrument, even a great work of literature if the mind that so uses it is off-balance. I once found a small boy masturbating in the presence of the Victorian steel-engraving in a family Bible.
If he can only perform good or only perform evil, then he is a clockwork orange - meaning that he has the appearance of an organism lovely with colour and juice but is in fact only a clockwork toy to be wound up by God or the Devil.
It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you watch them on a screen.
It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil.
The important thing is moral choice. Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate. Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.
When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man.
We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.
Is it better for a man to have chosen evil than to have good imposed upon him?

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It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.
We cannot pray and remain the same.
People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.
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Driss: "I don't know, it's a business?"
Philippe: "No. That's because it's the only thing one leaves behind."
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You know, it has been 17 days since I've "enjoyed" you. And I assume it's been months since you've enjoyed me.
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We've all got both light and dark inside of us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.
Walk until the darkness is a memory, and you become the sun on the next traveler's horizon.
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