Elizabeth Bowen

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Nobody speaks the truth when there is something they must have. Truth ;Human Nature ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Unhappily, religion is used to cover or bolster up a number of bad practices. I … still see a threat of Catholic-Fascism. And officially the Irish Roman Catholic Church is opposed to progress as not good for the people …. The effect of religious opinion in this country (Protestant as well as Catholic) seems to be, a heavy trend to the Right. Liberals & Conservatives
All your youth you want to have your greatness taken for granted; when you find it taken for granted, you are unnerved.
Art is one thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day. Nature ;Morning
Education is not so important as people think. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Experience isn't interesting until it begins to repeat itself. In fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.
Fantasy is toxic: the private cruelty and the world war both have their start in the heated brain. War & Peace
Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.
I became, and remain, my characters' close and intent watcher: their director, never. Their creator I cannot feel that I was, or am.
I think the main thing, don't you, is to keep the show on the road.
If a theme or idea is too near the surface, the novel becomes simply a tract illustrating an idea.
If you look at life one way, there is always cause for alarm. Life
Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live, if we do. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Intimacies between women often go backwards, beginning in revelations and ending in small talk. Women
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.
Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.
Language is a mixture of statement and evocation.
Mechanical difficulties with language are the outcome of internal difficulties with thought.
Meeting people unlike oneself does not enlarge one's outlook; it only confirms one's idea that one is unique.
Never to lie is to have no lock on your door, you are never wholly alone.
No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye.
Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life in his own terms. Life
Nothing can happen nowhere. The locale of the happening always colours the happening, and often, to a degree, shapes it.
One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it.
Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief, a forlorn hope; it is impossible. Hope
Silences have a climax, when you have got to speak.
That is partly why women marry - to keep up the fiction of being in the hub of things. Women
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.
The heart may think it knows better: the senses know that absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.
The importance to the writer of first writing must be out of all proportion of the actual value of what is written.
The innocent are so few that two of them seldom meet - when they do meet, their victims lie strewn all round.
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.
There is no end to the violations committed by children on children, quietly talking alone.
We are minor in everything but our passions.
When you love someone all your saved up wishes start coming out.
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.