Words matter. These are the best Sebastian Horsley Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
If I want to dislike women, I should be allowed to. As it happens, I love them. Women to me are privately worshipped and publicly disdained.
My theory is that the way you cope with the depths will ascertain the heights that you reach – they are intimately connected – and if you have a lust for life, you are also going to have a lust for death.
My grandfather was a practising Quaker. My father was a nihilist. But nihilism, if you like, is the beginning of faith anyway.
I am not an intellectual. An intellectual is someone who looks at a sausage and thinks of Picasso, whereas I just say ‘pass the mustard’.
I don’t talk, I quote. I can’t help it. It’s better to be quotable than honest.
I live my life like an open book, even though it’s open on the wrong page.
Being a dandy is a condition rather than a profession. It is a defense against suffering and a celebration of life.
I think you are born, and I think you die. I have a pragmatic nature, but I yearn to believe.
If I hear that people are litigious, I immediately dismiss them.
I regret everything. But so what? At least I have cause.
I like living sparsely. In the main room, there’s no furniture – no tables, no chairs, no coffee table – not even a decaffeinated coffee table.
I consider myself to be very correct and proper: an upright citizen.
Pain can be vitalising; it gives intensity in the place of vagueness and emptiness. If we don’t suffer, how do we know that we live?
Dandyism is a lie which reveals the truth, and the truth is that we are what we pretend to be.
Think of how many boring, blameless lives are brightened by the blazing indiscretion of me.
You may look back on your life and accept it as good or evil. But it is far, far harder to admit that you have been completely unimportant; that in the great sum of things, all a man’s endless grapplings are no more significant than the scuttlings of a cockroach.
Everyone says Oscar Wilde was a dandy, but he wasn’t – he was an aesthete. He took pleasure in food and stuff like that. Dandyism is much more austere – much more Calvinistic, more neurotic – it oscillates between narcissism and neurosis.