Anthony Burgess Quotes

Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare. Anthony Burgess

The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it. Anthony Burgess

We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation. Anthony Burgess

Violence among young people is an aspect of their desire to create. They don’t know how to use their energy creatively so they do the opposite and destroy. Anthony Burgess

Life is a wretched grey Saturday, but it has to be lived through. Anthony Burgess

Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don’t want it. Anthony Burgess

If you write fiction you are, in a sense, corrupted. There’s a tremendous corruptibility for the fiction writer because you’re dealing mainly with sex and violence. These remain the basic themes, they’re the basic themes of Shakespeare whether you like it or not. Anthony Burgess