Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Bowen

Irish novelist
the process of reading is reciprocal; the book is no more than a formula, to be furnished out with images out of the reader's mind.More Elizabeth Bowen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In big houses in which things are done properly, there is always the religious element. The diurnal cycle is observed with more feeling when there are servants to do the work.More Elizabeth Bowen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Knowledge of Rome must be physical, sweated into the system, worked up into the brain through the thinning shoe-leather. ... When it comes to knowing, the senses are more honest than the intelligence. Nothing is more real than the first wall you lean up against sobbing with exhaustion. Rome no more than beheld (that is, taken in through the eyes only) could still be a masterpiece in cardboard - the eye I suppose being of all the organs the most easily infatuated and then jaded and so tricked. Seeing is pleasure, but noMore Elizabeth Bowen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Spoilt pleasure is a sad, unseemly thing; you can only bury it.More Elizabeth Bowen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When I read a story, I relive the moment from which it sprang. A scene burned itself into me, a building magnetized me, a mood orseason of Nature's penetrated me, history suddenly appeared to me in some tiny act, or a face had begun to haunt me before I glanced at it.More Elizabeth Bowen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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