35 Total Quotes

Anita Brookner Quotes

The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.
Anita Brookner
#Beginning #English Historian

Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has.
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#Freedom #English Historian

Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists.
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#Love #English Historian

Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society.
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#God #English Historian

The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.
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#English Historian #Books And Reading

Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.
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#Advice #English Historian

A man of such obvious and exemplary charm must be a liar.
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#English Historian

Like many rich men, he thought in anecdotes; like many simple women, she thought in terms of biography.
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#English Historian

I was brought up among the sort of self-important women who had a husband as one has an alibi
Anita Brookner
#Men And Women

A man can go from being a lover to being a stranger in three moves flat but a woman under the guise of friendship will engage in acts of duplicity which come to light very much later. There are different species of self-justification.
Anita Brookner
#Love #Lovers

Romanticism is not just a mode; it literally eats into every life. Women will never get rid of just waiting for the right man.
Anita Brookner
#Romance

It is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. hares have no time to read.
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#English Historian

You never know what you will learn till you start writing. Then you discover truths you never knew existed.
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#English Historian

A complete woman is probably not a very admirable creature. She is manipulative, uses other people to get her own way, and works within whatever system she is in.
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#English Historian

All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don't win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold.
Anita Brookner
#English Historian

Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive. Bad women never take the blame for anything.
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#English Historian

You have no idea how promising the world begins to look once you have decided to have it all for yourself. And how much healthier your decisions are once they become entirely selfish.
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#English Historian

Old men should have more care to end life well than to live long.
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#English Historian

Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence - a lot passes you by - simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.
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#English Historian

It will be a pity if women in the more conventional mould are to be phased out, for there will never be anyone to go home to.
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#English Historian

Great writers are the saints for the godless.
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#English Historian

There are moments when you feel free, moments when you have energy, moments when you have hope, but you can't rely on any of these things to see you through. Circumstances do that.
Anita Brookner
#English Historian

No blame should attach to telling the truth. But it does, it does.
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#English Historian