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

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

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

You learn a lot, writing fiction.
- Penelope Lively

 

We make choices but are constantly foiled by happenstance.
- 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

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

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

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

The Photograph is concerned with the power that the
past has to interfere with the present:
the time bomb in the cupboard.
- 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'm now an agnostic but I grew up on the King James version,
which I'm eternally grateful for.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

I rather like getting away from fiction.
- Penelope Lively

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

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

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

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

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

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'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

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

Anger is like a thorn in the heart.
- Yiddish Proverb

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
- Yiddish proverb

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when they are open.
- James Dewar

A person without a sense of humor
is like a wagon without springs.
It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
- Henry Ward Beecher

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Obstacles are like wild animals.
They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can.
If they see you are afraid of them...
they are liable to spring upon you;
but if you look them squarely in the eye,
they will slink out of sight.
- Orison Swett Marden

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time
like dew on the tip of a leaf.
- Rabindranath Tagore

We are formed and molded by our thoughts.
Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts
give joy when they speak or act.
Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
- The Buddha

If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
- The Buddha

Like Beauty, Joy and Suffering are
in the Eye of the Beholder.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

A discussion of philosophy is like a cat chasing its tail -
it may be an amusing diversion but
it has no chance for a satisfying conclusion.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
- William Shakespeare

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
- Satchel Paige

There's a point... when you have to choose
whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life,
or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

The greatest lovers are like twin blooms,
each reflecting the passion and the glory of the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dance like no one is watching,
love like you'll never be hurt.
Sing like no one is listening.
Live life like it's heaven on earth.
- Anonymous (various attributions and alternate phrasings)

The unknown is like the darkness of a cave -
it can be illuminated by the brief light
of one adventurer's small candle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly.
It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.
- Henry Ford

Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity.
Love like there's no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.
- Max Lucado

"Be like me" is not a Golden Rule.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Women are like teabags.
We don't know our true strength
until we are in hot water!
- Eleanor Roosevelt

A closed mind is like a closed book;
just a block of wood.
- Chinese proverb

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
- Khalil Gibran

In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
- Thomas Jefferson

What if we just acted like everything was easy?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Worrying is like a rocking chair,
it gives you something to do,
but it gets you nowhere.
- Glenn Turner

Football is like life - it requires perseverance,
self-denial, hard work, sacrifice,
dedication and respect for authority.
- Vince Lombardi

Know that time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
You give your own meaning to time, as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Time expands like a brightly colored balloon
when it is filled with joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is like a beautiful flower
which I may not touch,
but whose fragrance makes the garden
a place of delight just the same.
- Helen Keller

Like an Eagle, May You Always Soar
High Above the Troubles of the World.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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