Shirley Hazzard

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Shirley Hazzard

Children seldom have a proper sense of their own tragedy, discounting and keeping hidden the true horrors of their short lives, humbly imagining real calamity to be some prestigious drama of the grown-up world.More Shirley Hazzard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One would always want to think of oneself as being on the side of love, ready to recognize it and wish it well --but, when confronted with it in others, one so often resented it, questioned its true nature, secretly dismissed the particular instance as folly or promiscuity. Was it merely jealousy, or a reluctance to admit so noble and enviable a sentiment in anyone but oneself?More Shirley Hazzard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Sometimes, surely, truth is closer to imagination or to intelligence, to love than to fact? To be accurate is not to be right.More Shirley Hazzard [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Poetry has been the longest pleasure of my life.More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I wasn't convinced a shop girl would know the word 'Oedipal.More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In the circle where I was raised, I knew of no one knowledgeable in the visual arts, no one who regularly attended musical performances, and only two adults other than my teachers who spoke without embarrassment of poetry and literature — both of these being women. As far as I can recall, I never heard a man refer to a good or a great book. I knew no one who had mastered, or even studied, another language from choice. And our articulate, conscious life proceeded without acknowledgement of the preceding civilisations More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Human beings need unhappiness at least as much as they need happiness.More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It's nervous work. The state you need to write in is the state that others are paying large sums of money to get rid of.More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
One would always want to think of oneself as being on the side of love, ready to recognize it and wish it well -but, when confronted with it in others, one so often resented it, questioned its true nature, secretly dismissed the particular instance as folly or promiscuity. Was it merely jealousy, or a reluctance to admit so noble and enviable a sentiment in anyone but oneself?More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Great literature is like moral leadership; everyone deplores the lack of it, but there is a tendency to prefer it from the safely dead.More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Going to Europe, someone had written, was about as final as going to heaven. A mystical passage to another life, from which no-one returned the same. Those returning in such ships were invincible, for they had managed it and could reflect ever after on Anne Hathaway's Cottage or the Tower of London with a confidence that did generate at Sydney. There was nothing mythic at Sydney; momentous objects, beings and events all occurred abroad or in the elsewhere of books.More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The tragedy is not that love doesn't last. The tragedy is the love that lasts.More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Perhaps if we lived with less physical beauty we would develop our true natures more.More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Did you ever notice how easy it is to forgive a person any number of faults for one endearing characteristic, for a certain style, or some commitment to life - while someone with many good qualities is insupportable for a single defect if it happens to be a boring one?More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In England, life is a long process of composing oneself ...More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
in thoughts one keeps a reserve of hope, in spite of everything. You cannot say good-bye in imagination. That is something you can only do in actuality ...More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What you fear most will happen to you - that is the law.More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Italians are never punctual; the café, the convenient place to wait, absolves them from that. There is no question of hanging about, no looking lost and unwanted or even disreputable, as there is in hotel lobbies or the foyers of restaurants. One just sits and enjoys the scene, and waits.More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Nothing creates such untruth in you as the wish to please.More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Marriage is like democracy - it doesn't really work, but it's all we've been able to come up with ...More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When people say of their tragedies, 'I don't often think of it now,' what they mean is it has entered permanently into their thoughts, and colors everything.More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Since the moment of the United Nations' inception, untold energies have been expended by governments not only toward the exclusion of persons of principle and distinction from the organization's leading positions, but toward the installation of men whose character and affiliations would as far as possible preclude any serious challenge to governmental sovereignty.More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The United Nations emerged as a temple of official good intentions, a place where governments might - without abating their transgressions - go to church; a place made remote - by agreed untruth and procedural complexity, and by tedium itself - from the risk of intense public involvement.More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
... one doesn't really profit from experience; one merely learns to predict the next mistake.More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is balance in life, but not fairness.More Shirley Hazzard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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