Elizabeth Bowen's Quotes
Biography of Elizabeth Bowen
It is not helpful to help a friend by putting coins in his pockets when he has got holes in his pockets.Tags: Friend, Help, Helpful
Nothing can happen nowhere. The locale of the happening always colours the happening, and often, to a degree, shapes it.Tags: Happen, Happening, Often
Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief, a forlorn hope; it is impossible.Tags: Hope, Impossible, Lovers
That is partly why women marry - to keep up the fiction of being in the hub of things.Tags: Keep, Why, Women
The innocent are so few that two of them seldom meet - when they do meet, their victims lie strewn all round.Tags: Few, Innocent, Lie
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.Tags: Feeling, Loved, Wish
There is no end to the violations committed by children on children, quietly talking alone.Tags: Alone, Children, End
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.Tags: Break, Create, Hearts
Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life in his own terms.Tags: Life, Nobody, While
Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.Tags: Morning, Spring, Winter
The importance to the writer of first writing must be out of all proportion of the actual value of what is written.Tags: Value, Writer, Writing
All your youth you want to have your greatness taken for granted; when you find it taken for granted, you are unnerved.Tags: Granted, Greatness, Youth
Fantasy is toxic: the private cruelty and the world war both have their start in the heated brain.Tags: Brain, Start, War
If a theme or idea is too near the surface, the novel becomes simply a tract illustrating an idea.Tags: Idea, Novel, Simply
Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live, if we do.Tags: Art, Feeling, Illusions
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Mechanical difficulties with language are the outcome of internal difficulties with thought.Tags: Language, Mechanical, Thought
Meeting people unlike oneself does not enlarge one's outlook; it only confirms one's idea that one is unique.Tags: Idea, Meeting, Unique
The heart may think it knows better: the senses know that absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.Tags: Friends, Heart, May
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.Tags: Best, Effort, She
Education is not so important as people think.Tags: Education
Experience isn't interesting until it begins to repeat itself. In fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.Tags: Experience, Fact, Until
I became, and remain, my characters' close and intent watcher: their director, never. Their creator I cannot feel that I was, or am.Tags: Cannot, Close, Director