Kingsley Amis: Author Bio About and Best Quotes

Ten of My Favorite Kingsley Amis Quotes 

Kingsley Amis, a writer whom I am guessing you love? Here are our 10 best Kingsley Amis quotes for you to enjoy. At Australia Unwrapped we believe every book has at least one quotable line, and our mission is to find them all. Here you will find Kingsley Amis’s top 10 popular and famous quotes. Like every good writer Kingsley Amis made a number of memorable quotes, here are some of our favorites: 

About Kingsley Amis

Sir Kingsley Amis was an English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher. He wrote over twenty novels, three collections of poetry, short stories, radio and television scripts, and books of literary criticism. He fathered the English novelist Martin Amis.

He was born in Clapham, Wandsworth, County of London (now South London), England, the son of William Robert Amis, a mustard manufacturer’s clerk. The City of London School began his education, and he went up to St. John’s College, Oxford in April 1941 to read English, where he met Philip Larkin, with whom he formed his most important friendship. The Army called him up for service in July 1942 after just a year. In October 1945, Amis returned to Oxford to complete his degree after serving as a lieutenant in the Royal Corps of Signals during the Second World War. He worked hard and got a first in English in 1947, but by then had decided to devote most of his time to writing.

Born: April 16, 1922, Clapham, Wandsworth, London, England, The United Kingdom
Died: October 22, 1995
Genre: Fiction, Humor and Comedy, Memoir

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Popular Quotes

“Nice things are nicer than nasty ones.”
― Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim

 “When that ineffable compound of depression, sadness (these two are not the same), anxiety, self-hatred, sense of failure and fear for the future begins to steal over you, start telling yourself that what you have is a hangover. You are not sickening for anything, you have not suffered a minor brain lesion, you are not all that bad at your job, your family and friends are not leagued in a conspiracy of barely maintained silence about what a s**t you are, you have not come at last to see life as it really is and there is no use crying over spilt milk.”
― Kingsley Amis

“Jake was close to tears. In that moment he saw the world in its true light, as a place where nothing had ever been any good and nothing of significance done: no art worth a second look, no philosophy of the slightest appositeness, no law but served the state, no history that gave an inkling of how it had been and what had happened. And no love, only egotism, infatuation and lust.”
― Kingsley Amis, Jake’s Thing

 “… all his faces were designed to express rage or loathing. Now that something had happened which really deserved a face, he had none to celebrate it with. As a kind of token, he made his Sex Life in Ancient Rome face.”
― Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim

 “Death has this much to be said for it:
You don’t have to get out of bed for it.
Wherever you happen to be
They bring it to you—free.”
― Kingsley Amis

 “I’ll pour you the first one and after that, if you don’t have one, it’s your own f****** fault. You know where it is.”
― Kingsley Amis, Everyday Drinking

“Only a world without love strikes me as instantly and decisively more terrible than one without music.”
― Kingsley Amis

 “The rewards for being sane may not be very many, but knowing what’s funny is one of them.”
― Kingsley Amis

“If you can’t annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.”
― Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim

“Consciousness was upon him before he could get out of the way.”
― Kingsley Amis

10 Famous Quotes by Author Kingsley Amis

Quotes for all, here you found our selection of 10 Kingsley Amis quotes. Make sure you help by commenting your best Kingsley Amis quote below and sharing our favorite authors so we can look them up, read some of their works and give you the best quotes we can find. We hope you enjoyed our top 10 quotes by Kingsley Amis. However, feel free to comment below if you disagree or would like to include some other great and memorable Kingsley Amis quotes in our list. 

One Final Bonus – Kingsley Amis Quote 

“Dixon was alive again. Consciousness was upon him before he could get out of the way; not for him the slow, gracious wandering from the halls of sleep, but a summary, forcible ejection. He lay sprawled, too wicked to move, spewed up like a broken spider-crab on the tarry shingle of morning. The light did him harm, but not as much as looking at things did; he resolved, having done it once, never to move his eyeballs again. A dusty thudding in his head made the scene before him beat like a pulse. His mouth had been used as a latrine by some small creature of the night, and then as its mausoleum. During the night, too, he’d somehow been on a cross-country run and then been expertly beaten up by secret police. He felt bad.”
― Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim

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