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Elizabeth Bowen Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Elizabeth Bowen

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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.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Education is not so important as people think.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief,
a forlorn hope; it is impossible.
- Elizabeth Bowen

The heart may think it knows better:
the senses know that absence blots people out.
We really have no absent friends.
- Elizabeth Bowen

 

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

The innocent are so few that two of them seldom meet -
when they do meet,
their victims lie strewn all round.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Nobody speaks the truth when there is something they must have.
- Elizabeth Bowen

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If you look at life one way, there is always cause for alarm.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Language is a mixture of statement and evocation.
- Elizabeth Bowen

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

One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Silences have a climax, when you have got to speak.
- Elizabeth Bowen

I became, and remain, my characters' close and intent watcher:
their director,
never.
Their creator I cannot feel that I was,
or am.
- Elizabeth Bowen

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

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

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.
- Elizabeth Bowen

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

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

No object is mysterious.
The mystery is your eye.
- Elizabeth Bowen

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

Mechanical difficulties with language are the outcome
of internal difficulties with thought.
- Elizabeth Bowen

There is no end to the violations committed by children on children,
quietly talking alone.
- Elizabeth Bowen

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

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

Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.
- Elizabeth Bowen

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

Intimacies between women often go backwards,
beginning in revelations and ending in small talk.
- Elizabeth Bowen

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

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

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

That is partly why women marry - to keep up the fiction
of being in the hub of things.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Fantasy is toxic: the private cruelty and the world
war both have their start in the heated brain.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Nothing can happen nowhere.
The locale of the happening always colours the happening,
and often, to a degree, shapes it.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Meeting people unlike oneself does not enlarge one's outlook;
it only confirms one's idea that one is unique.
- Elizabeth Bowen

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.
- Elizabeth Bowen

We are minor in everything but our passions.
- Elizabeth Bowen

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy

If there ever comes a day when we can't be together,
keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

Relax. Take a day off.
Go for a long silent walk in the woods.
The world will still be there tomorrow -
as good and as bad as ever.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No person was ever honored for what he received.
Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
- Calvin Coolidge

We never see Life as it really is.
All we can ever see is the reflection of Life -
distorted by our unique perceptions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth
until the hour of separation.
- Khalil Gibran

Speak when you are angry -
and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret.
- Laurence J. Peter

Life is greater than you have ever known it.
- Ernest Holmes

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted.
- Garrison Keillor

Life is now.
There was never a time when your life was not now,
nor will there ever be.
- Eckhart Tolle

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

No written law has ever been more binding
than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
- Carrie Chapman Catt

I Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving -
I have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.
I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.
I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you ever question why our educational system
teaches competition rather than cooperation?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Nothing is ever going to work out the way you want,
so you may as well choose to want the way life does work out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

The past is a ghost, the future a dream,
and all we ever have is now.
- Bill Cosby

Don't ever give up.
- Anonymous

The world is incomprehensible.
We won't ever understand it;
we won't ever unravel its secrets.
Thus we must treat the world as it is:
a sheer mystery.
- Carlos Castaneda

We hardly ever realize that we can
cut anything out of our lives,
anytime, in the blink of an eye.
- Carlos Castaneda

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars,
or sailed to an uncharted land,
or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
- Helen Keller

Only those who can leave behind everything they
have ever believed in can hope to escape.
- William S. Burroughs

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Grant That I May Radiate Thy Light, Thy Love,
Thy Healing, Thy Joy, and Thy Peace,
to All Those Around Me
and All Those in My Thoughts
This Day and Ever More.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must free ourselves of the hope
that the sea will ever rest.
We must learn to sail in high winds.
- Aristotle Onassis

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared
believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
- Bruce Barton

Nothing big ever came from being small.
- William J. Clinton


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