Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Bowen

Irish novelist
Karen, her elbows folded on the deck-rail, wanted to share with someone the pleasure in being alone: this is the paradox of any happy solitude. She had never landed at Cork, so this hill and that hill beyond were as unexpected as pictures at which you say "Oh look!" Nobody was beside her to share the moment, which would have been imperfect with anyone else there.More Elizabeth Bowen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I do like Italian graves; they look so much more lived in.More Elizabeth Bowen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The most striking fault in work by young or beginning novelists, submitted for criticism, is irrelevance--due either to infatuation or indecision. To direct such an author's attention to the imperative of relevance is certainly the most useful--and possibly the only--help that can be given.More Elizabeth Bowen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More Elizabeth Bowen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The Irish landowner, partly from laziness but also from an indifferent delicacy, does not interfere in the lives of the people round. Sport and death are the two great socializing factors in Ireland, but these cannot operate the whole time: on the whole, the landowner leaves his tenants and work-people to make their own mistakes, while he makes his.More Elizabeth Bowen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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