Quentin Crisp grew up in a London quite different from today and suffered terribly from the homophobic views that society held during the most of the 20th century. Born in 1908 in the suburb of Sutton, but life was anything but sweet surburbia for anyone that displayed effeminacy so Crisp decided from his early twenties he was going to enlighten the world as to the existence of homosexuality in society. He dyed his long hair, wore nail varnish to top off his cross dressing and over effeminate ways in public. He became a male prostitute and in the late 1940's he embarked on a 30 year career as a nude model offering his services to numerous art colleges around London and the home counties. He had written 3 short books by the time he penned his autobiography The Naked Civil Servant. A dramatisation of his autobiography gained critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and Crisp decided to move to New York to earn a living as a successful theatre raconteur. Shocking him was nigh on impossible as he always had a witty response to most situations, so it was interesting selecting my compilation of eight of the best Quentin Crisp quotes.
- Mini Bio
- Name: Quentin Crisp
- Born: 25th December 1908, Sutton, Surrey, England
- Died: 21st November 1999, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, England
- Occupation: Actor, writer, raconteur and artists model
- Famous for: Starring in The Naked Civil Servant, a bio movie based on his autobiography written by Crisp in 1968
- Trivia: He was anti 'Gay Liberation' and once said to gay activist Peter Thatchell "What do you want liberation from? What is there to be proud of? I don't believe in rights for homosexuals"
"The British do not expect happiness..... They do not want to be happy, they want to be right"
"Of course I lie to people. But I lie altruistically - for our mutual good. The lie is the basic building block of good manners. That may seem mildly shocking to a moralist - but then what isn't?"
"Look inward and ask not if there is anything outside you want, but whether there is anything inside that you have not yet unpacked"
"For flavour, instant sex will never supersede the stuff you have to peel and cook"
"Some roughs are really queer, and some queers are really rough"
"I don't think you can really be proud of being gay because it isn't something you've done. You can only be proud of not being ashamed"
"Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven"
"An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last chapter missing"
Great quotes are not where you find great wisdom. It's where you share this knowledge that counts