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Elizabeth Bowen quotes

Mechanical difficulties with language are the outcome of internal difficulties with thought.

We are minor in everything but our passions.

It is not helpful to help a friend by putting coins in his pockets when he has got holes in his pockets.

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

Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.

Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life in his own terms.

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

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

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

Fantasy is toxic: the private cruelty and the world war both have their start in the heated brain.

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

If a theme or idea is too near the surface, the novel becomes simply a tract illustrating an idea.

Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live, if we do.

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

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

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

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

No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye.

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

The heart may think it knows better: the senses know that absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.