Quotes by Quentin Crisp

"When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, 'Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?"

"Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are."

"The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another."

"I am unable to believe in a God susceptible to prayer. I simply haven't the nerve to imagine a being, a force, a cause which keeps the planets revolving in their orbits, and then suddenly stops in order to give me a bicycle with three speeds."

"There is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse."

Books by Quentin Crisp

  • Gormenghast
  • 12,270 ratings
  • October 30th 2007 by Penguin Group (USA)

    (first published 1950)

  • Dandyism
  • 130 ratings
  • July 1st 2001 by PAJ Publications

    (first published 1845)

Quentin Crisp
  • Quentin Crisp

  • Date of birth: December 25, 1908
  • Died: November 21, 1999
  • Born: in Sutton, Surrey, England, The United Kingdom.

  • Description: Quentin Crisp, born Denis Charles Pratt, was an English writer, artist's model, actor and raconteur known for his memorable and insightful witticisms. He became a gay icon in the 1970s after publication of his memoir, The Naked Civil Servant, brought to the attention of the general public his defiant exhibitionism and longstanding refusal to remain in the closet.