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Elizabeth Bowen Quotes

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye.

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

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

Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.

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.

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

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.

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.

Education is not so important as people think.

Experience isn't interesting until it begins to repeat itself. In fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.