Anita Brookner Quotes


25 Anita Brookner quotes:



"Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy."
"Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists."
"A man of such obvious and exemplary charm must be a liar."
"You never know what you will learn till you start writing. Then you discover truths you never knew existed."
"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."
"Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive. Bad women never take the blame for anything."
"What is interesting about self-analysis is that it leads nowhere - it is an art form in itself."
"Like many rich men, he thought in anecdotes; like many simple women, she thought in terms of biography."
"It is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. hares have no time to read."
"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."
"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."
"Old men should have more care to end life well than to live long."
"Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence - a lot passes you by - simply because your attention is otherwise diverted."
"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."
"Great writers are the saints for the godless."
"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."
"No blame should attach to telling the truth. But it does, it does."
"In real life, of course, it is the hare that wins. Every time. Look around you."
"In real life, it is the hare who wins. Every time. Look around you. And in any case it is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. Hares have no time to read. They are too busy winning the game."
"Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has."



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