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ELIZABETH BOWEN
Anglo-Irish novelist
(1899 - 1973)
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First love, with its frantic haughty imagination, swings its object clear of the everyday, over the rut of living, making him all looks, silences, gestures, attitudes, a burning phrase with no context.
      - [Love]

Good-byes breed a sort of distaste for whomever you say good-bye to; this hurts, you feel, this must not happen again.
      - [Goodbye]

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.
      - [Art]

Intimacies between women often go backwards, beginning in revelations and ending in small talk without loss of esteem.
      - [Women]

Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.
      - [Jealousy]

Language is a mixture of statement and evocation.
      - [Language]

Mechanical difficulties with language are the outcome of internal difficulties with thought.
      - [Language]

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

Never to lie is to have no lock on your door, you are never wholly alone.
      - [Lying]

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

Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have.
      - [Lying]

One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it.
      - [Ideas]

The charm, one might say the genius, of memory is that it is choosy, chancy and temperamental; it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust.
      - [Memory]

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.
      - [Love]

That morning's ice, no more than a brittle film, had cracked and was now floating in segments. These tapped together or, parting, left channels of dark water, down which swans in slow indignation swam.
      - The Death of the Heart
        [Books (First Lines)]

Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.
      - The House in Paris (pt. 2, ch. 2) [Fate]


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