One must wait until the evening
To see how splendid the day has been.
Photo by Jan Saudek: Two Women (1974)
The surest way to maintain position at the top of the field [is] to advance and support men of clearly inferior capacities.
The Eiger Sanction (1972)
Cartoon by Scott Adams (2002)
Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Screen capture: Ace Rothstein (Robert De Niro) in Martin Scorsese’s Casino (1995)
Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
Illustration by Saul Steinberg: 16 Postcards, 1973
And no, I never found the great dark man because there is no great dark man. You are alone. It’s always the same – it’s never “out there,” it’s always in here. I once knew a woman with whom I discussed the theory of the great dark man and she said, “I’ve lived with a number of men and each one of them has had to be carried every step of the way.”
The Wit and Wisdom of Quentin Crisp (1984)
Bene qui latuit, bene vixit
He who hid well, lived well
Tristia (9-12 A.D.)
To know all is to forgive all.
Madame de Staël, 1807
To know all is to forgive all, and to be appalled by most of it.
Quentin Crisp, 1985
Animated GIF: Colleen Moore in Irene (1926)