Kingsley Amis Quotes (44 quotes)
Lucky Jim (1954)
“We should be wrong to demand that a critic must stay on the point all the time; it is enough if he remains in orbit around it”
Phoenix too frequent Critique of D. H. Lawrence, in What became of Jane Austin? (1956)
“If there's one word that sums up everything that's gone wrong since the war, it's Workshop. After Youth, that is.”
Jake's Thing (1978), p. 140
“Should you revisit us
Stay a little longer
And get to know the place...
On local life we trust
The resident witness
Not the royal tourist.”
New Approach Needed, about the Second Coming, in A Look Round The Estate : Poems 1957-67 (1967), p. 27
“Be glad you're fifty — and
That you got there while things were nice,
In a world worth looking at twice.
So here's wishing you many more years,
But not all that many. Cheers!”
Ode to Me in Collected Poems, 1944-1979 (1979), p. 134
“A bad review may spoil your breakfast, but you shouldn't allow it to spoil your lunch.”
Attributed in Aren't We Due a Royalty Statement? (1993) by Giles Gordon, and The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (1999) by Elizabeth M. Knowles, p. 14
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Picture Source: WikipediaKingsley Amis
Born: April 16, 1922
Died: October 22, 1995 (aged 73)
Occupation: Novelist, poet, critic, teacher
Bio: Sir Kingsley William Amis, CBE was an English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher. He wrote more than 20 novels, six volumes of poetry, a memoir, various short stories, radio and television scripts, along with works of social and literary criticism. According to his biographer, Zachary Leader, Amis was the finest English comic novelist of the second half of the twentieth century.