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Elizabeth Bowen Quotes

(1899-1973), Anglo-Irish Novelist

The heart may think it knows better: the senses know that absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends. The friend becomes a traitor by breaking, however unwillingly or sadly, out of our own zone: a hard judgment is passed on him, for all the pleas of the heart.

Category: Absence

Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.

Category: Absence

Art is the only thing that can go on mattering, once it has stopped hurting.

Category: Arts And Artists

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

Category: Conceit

It is not our exalted feelings, it is our sentiments that build the necessary home.

Category: Emotions

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

Category: Experience

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

Category: Fate

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

Category: Greatness

Some people are molded by their admirations, others by their hostilities.

Category: Growth

Intimacies between women go backwards, beginning with revelations and ending up in small talk without loss of esteem.

Category: Intimacy

Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.

Category: Jealousy

Never to lie is to have no lock to your door, you are never wholly alone.

Category: Lies And Lying

Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have.

Category: Lies And Lying

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.

Category: Loneliness

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

Category: Love