“You fall out of your mother’s womb, you crawl across open country under fire, and drop into your grave.”
- Quentin Crisp (1908-1999)
Quentin Crisp was an English writer and raconteur. From a conventional suburban background Crisp grew up with feminine tendencies exemplified by his make-up and painted nails and work as a rent-boy. He then spent thirty years as a professional model for life-classes in art colleges. The interviews he gave about his unusual life attracted increasing public curiosity and he was soon sought after for his highly individual views on social manners and the cultivating of style. His one-man stage show was a long-running hit both in England and America and he also appeared in films and on TV. Crisp possessed a contrarian streak, criticising both gay liberation and Diana, Princess of Wales
And if that has left you feeling negative, here is a pocket positive to restore the balance:
"I have found that if you love life, life will love you back."
- Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982)
Arthur Rubinstein was a Polish American classical pianist who received international acclaim. He has been described as one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century and he played in public for eight decades.
(Does anyone else think Crisp and Rubinstein look line twins?)