Elizabeth Bowen

Anglo-Irish Novelist

Lived from: 1899-1973

Quotes: Elizabeth Bowen

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    Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.
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    All your youth you want to have your greatness taken for granted; when you find it taken for granted, you are unnerved.
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    Art is one thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting.
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    Art is the only thing that can go on mattering, once it has stopped hurting.
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    Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.
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    Experience isn't interesting until it begins to repeat itself. In fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.
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    Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.
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    If you look at life one way, there is always cause for alarm.
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    Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that you live, if you do.
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    Intimacies between women go backwards, beginning with revelations and ending up in small talk without loss of esteem.
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    It is not our exalted feelings, it is our sentiments that build the necessary home.
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    Never to lie is to have no lock to your door, you are never wholly alone.
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    Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life in his own terms.
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    Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have.
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    Only in a house where one has learnt to be lonely does one have this solicitude for things. One's relation to them, the daily seeing or touching, begins to become love, and to lay one open to pain.
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