On style


Style is not the man; it is something better. It is a dizzy, dazzling structure that he erects about himself using as building materials selected elements from his own character.

Style is the way in which a man can, by taking thought, add to his nature. It is the only way.

Style is never natural; its nature is that it must be acquired. The finishing touches of style are best self-taught but the basic exercises that lead to style can be learned from others. If a tutor of any subject does not also teach style, he must at least teach the need for it.

Quentin Crisp in How to Have a Lifestyle


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