Quotation by Quentin Crisp

Because it is in the nature of things that they become extreme, we have passed down from manliness to cruelty. If I had been told when I was 20 that there was a tavern in the town where the brave and the cruel were gathered together, I would have run all the way and I would have gone up to the largest and leatheriest of the denizens and said: "If you truly love me, kill the bartender."
Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. broadcast, Aug. 6, 1991. "Love Lies Bleeding," New Statesman & Society (Aug. 9, 1991).
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