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Anita Brookner Quotes

(1938), British Novelist, Art Historian

She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years.

Category: Age And Aging

The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.

Category: Books And Reading

A man of such obvious and exemplary charm must be a liar.

Category: Charm

No blame should attach to telling the truth. But it does, it does.

Category: Confession

Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence -- a lot passes you by -- simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.

Category: Fiction

Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.

Category: Friends And Friendship

All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don't win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold.

Category: God

What is interesting about self-analysis is that it leads nowhere -- it is an art form in itself.

Category: Introspection

You can never betray the people who are dead, so you go on being a public Jew; the dead can't answer slurs, but I'm here. I would love to think that Jesus wants me for a sunbeam, but he doesn't.

Category: Judaism And Jews

Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists.

Category: Love

A man can go from being a lover to being a stranger in three moves flat but a woman under the guise of friendship will engage in acts of duplicity which come to light very much later. There are different species of self-justification.

Category: Lovers

Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society.

Category: Philosophers And Philosophy

Romanticism is not just a mode; it literally eats into every life. Women will never get rid of just waiting for the right man.

Category: Romance And Romanticism

The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.

Category: Romance And Romanticism

Like many rich men, he thought in anecdotes; like many simple women, she thought in terms of biography.

Category: Thoughts And Thinking