17 Total Quotes

Edna O'Brien Quotes

I have some women friends but I prefer men. Don't trust women. There is a built-in competition between women.
Edna O'Brien
#Irish Novelist #Competition

I am obsessive, also I am industrious. Besides, the time when you are most alive and most aware is in childhood and one is trying to recapture that heightened awareness.
Edna O'Brien
#Irish Novelist #Childhood

Writing is like carrying a fetus.
Edna O'Brien
#Irish Novelist

When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.
Edna O'Brien
#Character

Inebriations of love, shadows of love, fantasies of love, but never yet the one true love
Edna O'Brien
#Love

I'm an Irish Catholic and I have a long iceberg of guilt
Edna O'Brien
#Guilt

The vote means nothing to women. We should be armed.
Edna O'Brien
#Women #Irish Novelist

In every question and every remark tossed back and forth between lovers who have not played out the last fugue, there is one question and it is this: ''Is there someone new?''
Edna O'Brien
#Lovers

Recollection is not something that I can summon up, it simply comes and I am the servant of it.
Edna O'Brien
#Irish Novelist

Writers really live in the mind and in hotels of the soul.
Edna O'Brien
#Irish Novelist #Mind

My hand does the work and I don't have to think; in fact, were I to think, it would stop the flow. It's like a dam in the brain that bursts.
Edna O'Brien
#Irish Novelist

Countries are either mothers or fathers, and engender the emotional bristle secretly reserved for either sire.
Edna O'Brien
#Irish Novelist

I'm an Irish Catholic and I have a long iceberg of guilt.
Edna O'Brien
#Irish Novelist