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Elizabeth Bowen Quotes

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Elizabeth Bowen
June 7, 1899 - February 22, 1973
Nationality: Irish
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: Irish Novelist

Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.


Who is ever adequate? We all create situations each other can't live up to, then break our hearts at them because they don't.


Ireland is a great country to die or be married in.


The innocent are so few that two of them seldom meet - when they do meet, their victims lie strewn all round.


If you look at life one way, there is always cause for alarm.


Intimacies between women often go backwards, beginning in revelations and ending in small talk.


Language is a mixture of statement and evocation.


All your youth you want to have your greatness taken for granted; when you find it taken for granted, you are unnerved.


Silences have a climax, when you have got to speak.


We are minor in everything but our passions.


Never to lie is to have no lock on your door, you are never wholly alone.


Meeting people unlike oneself does not enlarge one's outlook; it only confirms one's idea that one is unique.


That is partly why women marry - to keep up the fiction of being in the hub of things.


Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.


When you love someone all your saved up wishes start coming out.


Nobody speaks the truth when there is something they must have.


Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.


Education is not so important as people think.


The importance to the writer of first writing must be out of all proportion of the actual value of what is written.


The wish to lead out one's lover must be a tribal feeling; the wish to be seen as loved is part of one's self-respect.


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