Kingsley Amis

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Sir Kingsley William Amis (April 16, 1922 – October 22, 1995) was an English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher. See also his son novelist Martin Amis.


  • 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
  • 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
  • It was no wonder that people were so horrible when they started life as children.
    • One Fat Englishman
  • Your attitude measures up to the two requirements of love. You want to go to bed with her and can't, and you don't know her very well. Ignorance of the other person topped up with deprivation, Jim. You fit the formula all right, and what's more you want to go on fitting it.
    • Lucky Jim
  • There was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones.
    • Lucky Jim
  • More will mean worse.
    • Enounter magazine, July 1960

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