Penelope Lively Quotes

32 Penelope Lively quotes:

"It seems to me that everything that happens to us is a disconcerting mix of choice and contingency."
"It was a combination of an intense interest in children's literature, which I've always had, and the feeling that I'd just have a go and see if I could do it."
"Since then, I have just read and read - but, that said, I suppose there is a raft of writers to whom I return again and again, not so much because I want to write like them, even if I were capable of it, but simply for a sort of stylistic shot in the arm."
"The consideration of change over the century is about loss, though I think that social change is gain rather than loss."
"The Photograph is concerned with the power that the past has to interfere with the present: the time bomb in the cupboard."
"The pleasure of writing fiction is that you are always spotting some new approach, an alternative way of telling a story and manipulating characters; the novel is such a wonderfully flexible form."
"The present hardly exists, after all-it becomes the past even as it happens. A tricky medium, time - and central to the concerns of fiction."
"There's a preoccupation with memory and the operation of memory and a rather rapacious interest in history."
"We all need a past - that's where our sense of identity comes from."
"We make choices but are constantly foiled by happenstance."
"You learn a lot, writing fiction."
"I'm writing another novel and I know what I'm going to do after, which may be something more like this again, maybe some strange mixture of fiction and non-fiction."

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