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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Novelist
Nation: Irish
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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

Language is a mixture of statement and evocation.

Tags: Language, Mixture, Statement

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

Tags: Alone, Door, Lie

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

Tags: Nobody, Speaks, Truth

Nothing can happen nowhere. The locale of the happening always colours the happening, and often, to a degree, shapes it.

Tags: Happen, Happening, Often

One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it.

Tags: Grasping, Idea, Shadow

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

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

Tags: Love, Someone, Start

We are minor in everything but our passions.

Tags: Minor, Passions

Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.

Tags: Alone, Feeling, Jealousy

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

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

Tags: Eagle, Fate, Rat

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

Art is one thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting.

Tags: Art, Hurting, Once

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

Tags: Alarm, Cause, Life

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

Tags: Country, Die, Great
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Mechanical difficulties with language are the outcome of internal difficulties with thought.

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

Tags: Idea, Meeting, Unique

No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye.

Tags: Eye, Mysterious, Mystery

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

Tags: Climax, Silences, Speak

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

I think the main thing, don't you, is to keep the show on the road.

Tags: Keep, Road, Show

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

Tags: Small, Talk, Women