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I didn't want it to be a book that made pronouncements. ...
by Penelope Lively

I didn't want it to be a book that made pronouncements.
- Penelope Lively

I rather like getting away from fiction.
- Penelope Lively

There's a preoccupation with memory and the operation
of memory and a rather rapacious interest in history.
- Penelope Lively

I'm now an agnostic but I grew up on the King James version,
which I'm eternally grateful for.
- Penelope Lively

 

I'm not an historian but I can get interested -
obsessively interested -
with any aspect of the past,
whether it's palaeontology or archaeology or the very recent past.
- Penelope Lively

The Photograph is concerned with the power that the
past has to interfere with the present:
the time bomb in the cupboard.
- Penelope Lively

I'm intrigued by the way in which physical appearance
can often direct a person's life;
things happen differently for a beautiful woman than for a plain one.
- Penelope Lively

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I've always been fascinated by the operation of memory -
the way in which it is not linear but fragmented,
and its ambivalence.
- Penelope Lively

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.
- Penelope Lively

Getting to know someone else involves curiosity about
where they have come from,
who they are.
- Penelope Lively

Equally, we require a collective past -
hence the endless reinterpretations of history,
frequently to suit the perceptions of the present.
- Penelope Lively

It seems to me that everything that happens to us is
a disconcerting mix of choice and contingency.
- Penelope Lively

I do like to embed a fictional character firmly in an occupation.
- Penelope Lively

We all need a past - that's where our sense of identity comes from.
- Penelope Lively

We make choices but are constantly foiled by happenstance.
- Penelope Lively

We read Greek and Norse mythology until it came out of our ears.
And the Bible.
- Penelope Lively

Deep down I have this atavistic feeling that really
I should be in the country.
- Penelope Lively

Every novel generates its own climate,
when you get going.
- Penelope Lively

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.
- Penelope Lively

I didn't think I had anything particular to say,
but I thought I might have something to say to children.
- Penelope Lively

I didn't write anything until I was well over 30.
- Penelope Lively

You learn a lot, writing fiction.
- Penelope Lively

The consideration of change over the century is about loss,
though I think that social change is gain rather than loss.
- Penelope Lively

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.
- Penelope Lively

I have had to empty two family homes during the last few years -
first,
the house that had been my grandmother's since 1923,
and then my own country home, which we had lived in for over twenty years.
- Penelope Lively

Conventional forms of narrative allow for different points of view,
but for this book I wanted a structure whereby each
of the main characters contributed a distinctive version of the story.
- Penelope Lively

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.
- Penelope Lively

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.
- Penelope Lively

I have long been interested in landscape history,
and when younger and more robust I used to do much
tramping of the English landscape in search of ancient field systems,
drove roads, indications of prehistoric settlement.
- Penelope Lively

I can walk about London and see a society that seems
an absolutely revolutionary change from the 1950s,
that seems completely and utterly different,
and then I can pick up on something where you suddenly see that it's not.
- Penelope Lively

I'm not an historian and I'm not wanting to write about
how I perceive the social change over the century as a historian,
but as somebody who's walked through it and whose life
has been dictated by it too,
as all our lives are.
- Penelope Lively

All I know for certain is that reading is of the most
intense importance to me;
if I were not able to read,
to revisit old favorites and experiment with names new to me,
I would be starved - probably too starved to go on writing myself.
- Penelope Lively

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago?
Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy
on account of most of them?
Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
- Dale Carnegie

Choose love. Choose to release all resentments.
Forgive everyone. Choose to release all regrets.
Forgive yourself for all decisions that you have ever made
that didn't work out as you hoped.
Forgive yourself for any financial decisions
that didn't meet your expectations.
Release your regrets if you choose
the "wrong" spouse or the "wrong" career.
Today, choose love.
Choose to love yourself.
Choose to love your life.
Choose to love all the friends, family, co-workers,
acquaintances, and others who share your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.
When you can see that, you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid,
and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

I didn't want to marry anybody else in town.
I want my baby to look like you.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

If I hadn't met you, I wouldn't like you.
If I didn't like you, I wouldn't love you.
If I didn't love you, I wouldn't miss you.
But I did, I do, and I will.
- Anonymous

My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood,
but it didn't because parenting can only be learned
by people who have no children.
- Bill Cosby

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish he didn't trust me so much.
- Mother Teresa

I'm more comfortable with whatever's wrong with me
than my father was whenever he felt he failed or didn't
measure up to the standard he set.
- John Malkovich

We didn't actually overspend our budget.
The health Commission allocation simply fell short of our expenditure.
- Frank Howard Clark

I crashed my boyfriend's birthday when I was 12 years old.
He didn't invite me and so I showed up.
- Isla Fisher

Life's like Vegas. You're up, you're down,
but in the end the house always wins.
Doesn't mean you didn't have fun.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

I would think twice about designing stuff for which
there was no need and which didn't endure.
- Robin Day

Disneyland is a work of love.
We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.
- Walt Disney

Mommy smoked but she didn't want us to.
She saw smoke coming out of the barn one time,
so we got whipped.
- Loretta Lynn

The earth is like a spaceship
that didn't come with an operating manual.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

My mom's a Catholic, and my dad's a Jew,
and they didn't want anything to do with anything.
- Isabelle Huppert

I used to want to be a lawyer, but I didn't want to
have half my brain sucked out.
- Max Walker

Bachelors know more about women than married men;
if they didn't they'd be married too.
- H. L. Mencken

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
- Satchel Paige

I didn't make it all the way through third grade for nothing.
- the movie The Rescuers Down Under

My boyfriend and I broke up.
He wanted to get married and I didn't want him to.
- Rita Rudner

For my confirmation, I didn't get a watch and my first pair of long pants,
like most Lutheran boys.
I got a telescope.
My mother thought it would make the best gift.
- Wernher von Braun

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man.
At a very early age, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did,
which was work in an office.
- Harrison Ford

The mistakes made by Congress wouldn't be so bad if
the next Congress didn't keep trying to correct them.
- Cullen Hightower

I haven't spoken to my wife in years.
I didn't want to interrupt her.
- Rodney Dangerfield

Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people
couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
- Kin Hubbard

You define a good flight by negatives:
you didn't get hijacked,
you didn't crash, you didn't throw up,
you weren't late, you weren't nauseated by the food.
So you are grateful.
- Paul Theroux

My neighbour asked if he could use my lawnmower and
I told him of course he could,
so long as he didn't take it out of my garden.
- Eric Morecambe

Dad taught me everything I know.
Unfortunately, he didn't teach me everything he knows.
- Al Unser

The Vatican is against surrogate mothers.
Good thing they didn't have that rule when Jesus was born.
- Elayne Boosler

I have this sense that I didn't really start growing up until my twenties.
- Winona Ryder

I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one.
So I got a cake.
- Mitch Hedberg

I didn't have the same fitness or ability as the other girls,
so I had to beat them with my mind.
- Martina Hingis

What if happiness were found in the serenity of simple pleasures.
What if we didn't need the newest gizmo... the highest high?
What if happiness is in the air we breathe...
slowly, deeply, and consciously?
What if happiness is one fresh grape, savored with gratitude?
What if happiness is in our oneness with all creation?
What if happiness is about enjoying life exactly as it comes to us -
without chasing after it?
What if happiness is something we CHOOSE...
regardless of our circumstances?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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