Elizabeth Bowen
Quotations


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.

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

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.

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

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.

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



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