163 Total Quotes

Irish Novelist Quotes

Maria Edgeworth
Our Irish blunders are never blunders of the heart.
Maria Edgeworth
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Elizabeth Bowen
Silences have a climax, when you have got to speak.
Elizabeth Bowen
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For good and evil, man is a free creative spirit. This produces the very queer world we live in, a world in continuous creation and therefore continuous change and insecurity.
Joyce Cary
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I have some women friends but I prefer men. Don't trust women. There is a built-in competition between women.
Edna O'Brien
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Laurence Sterne
Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.
Laurence Sterne
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If I were a girl, I'd despair. The supply of good women far exceeds that of the men who deserve them.
Robert Graves
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The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he really is very good, in spite of all the people who say he is very good.
Robert Graves
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Dr. Johnson has said that the chief glory of a country arises from its authors. But then that is only as they are oracles of wisdom; unless they teach virtue, they are more worthy of a halter than of the laurel.
Jane Porter
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Love doesn't grow on trees like apples in Eden - it's something you have to make. And you must use your imagination too.
Joyce Cary
#Irish Novelist

A remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good in spite of all the people who say he is very good.
Robert Graves
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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
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Writing is like carrying a fetus.
Edna O'Brien
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The vote means nothing to women. We should be armed.
Edna O'Brien
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Recollection is not something that I can summon up, it simply comes and I am the servant of it.
Edna O'Brien
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Writers really live in the mind and in hotels of the soul.
Edna O'Brien
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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
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There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.
Robert Graves
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If there's no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money.
Robert Graves
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Elizabeth Bowen
Who is ever adequate? We all create situations each other can't live up to, then break our hearts at them because they don't.
Elizabeth Bowen
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Elizabeth Bowen
Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief, a forlorn hope; it is impossible.
Elizabeth Bowen
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Elizabeth Bowen
Nobody speaks the truth when there is something they must have.
Elizabeth Bowen
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Elizabeth Bowen
Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.
Elizabeth Bowen
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Elizabeth Bowen
All your youth you want to have your greatness taken for granted; when you find it taken for granted, you are unnerved.
Elizabeth Bowen
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Elizabeth Bowen
Art is one thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting.
Elizabeth Bowen
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Elizabeth Bowen
Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.
Elizabeth Bowen
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Elizabeth Bowen
There is no end to the violations committed by children on children, quietly talking alone.
Elizabeth Bowen
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Elizabeth Bowen
No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye.
Elizabeth Bowen
#Irish Novelist

It's a big con job. We have sold the myth of Dublin as a sexy place incredibly well; because it is a dreary little dump most of the time.
Roddy Doyle
#Irish Novelist

Ice cream goes with springtime.
Susan Hill
#Irish Novelist

There comes a point in many people's lives when they can no longer play the role they have chosen for themselves. When that happens, we are like actors finding that someone has changed the play.
Brian Moore
#Irish Novelist