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Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture. Unread, it maintains its value. Read, it looks like money wasted. Cunningly, Americans know that books contain a person, and they want the person, not the book.
—  Anthony Burgess
The trouble began with Forster. After him it was considered ungentlemanly to write more than five or six novels.
—  Anthony Burgess
Life is a wretched gray Saturday, but it has to be lived through.
—  Anthony Burgess
Americans will listen, but they do not care to read. War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement, which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room. Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture.
—  Anthony Burgess
The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.
—  Anthony Burgess
Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.
—  Anthony Burgess
Bath twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace.
—  Anthony Burgess
He said it was artificial respiration but now I find I'm to have his child.
—  Anthony Burgess
A novelist should not be too intelligent either, although ... he may be permitted to be an intellectual.
—  Anthony Burgess

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