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Elizabeth Bowen Quotes & Sayings
53 entries tagged including 25 subtopics.
Last updated Jun 2020
Elizabeth Bowen Topics
Taken For Granted
Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.
Feeling Lonely quotes
All your youth you want to have your greatness taken for granted; when you find it taken for granted, you are unnerved.
Taken For Granted quotes
Mechanical difficulties with language are the outcome of internal difficulties with thought
Language is a mixture of statement and evocation
The innocent are so few that two of them seldom meet - when they do meet, their victims lie strewn all round
Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live, if we do
Meeting people unlike oneself does not enlarge one's outlook; it only confirms one's idea that one is unique
Good-byes breed a sort of distaste for whomever you say good-bye to; this hurts, you feel, this must not happen again
First love, with its frantic haughty imagination, swings its object clear of the everyday, over the rut of living, making him all looks, silences, gestures, attitudes, a burning phrase with no context
First Love quotes
Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.
Intimacies between women often go backwards, beginning in revelations and ending in small talk without loss of esteem
The charm, one might say the genius of memory, is that it is choosy, chancy, and temperamental: it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust
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.
When you love someone all your saved up wishes start coming out.
We are minor in everything but our passions.
There is no end to the violations committed by children on children, quietly talking alone.
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.
The innocent are so few that two of them seldom meet - when they do meet, their victims lie strewn all round.
The importance to the writer of first writing must be out of all proportion of the actual value of what is written.
The best that an individual can do is to concentrate on what he or she can do, in the course of a burning effort to do it better.
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