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Elizabeth Bowen Quotes and Sayings

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Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.
- 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

There is no end to the violations committed by children on children,
quietly talking alone.
- Elizabeth Bowen

We are minor in everything but our passions.
- Elizabeth Bowen

 

The innocent are so few that two of them seldom meet -
when they do meet,
their victims lie strewn all round.
- Elizabeth Bowen

The best that an individual can do is to concentrate
on what he or she can do,
in the course of a burning effort to do it better.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief,
a forlorn hope; it is impossible.
- Elizabeth Bowen

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Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you
react to life in his own terms.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.
- Elizabeth Bowen

The wish to lead out one's lover must be a tribal feeling;
the wish to be seen as loved is part of one's self-respect.
- Elizabeth Bowen

That is partly why women marry - to keep up the fiction
of being in the hub of things.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Mechanical difficulties with language are the outcome
of internal difficulties with thought.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Intimacies between women often go backwards,
beginning in revelations and ending in small talk.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Silences have a climax, when you have got to speak.
- Elizabeth Bowen

The importance to the writer of first writing must
be out of all proportion of the actual value of what is written.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Meeting people unlike oneself does not enlarge one's outlook;
it only confirms one's idea that one is unique.
- Elizabeth Bowen

I became, and remain, my characters' close and intent watcher:
their director,
never.
Their creator I cannot feel that I was,
or am.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Fantasy is toxic: the private cruelty and the world
war both have their start in the heated brain.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Nothing can happen nowhere.
The locale of the happening always colours the happening,
and often, to a degree, shapes it.
- Elizabeth Bowen

It is not helpful to help a friend by putting coins
in his pockets when he has got holes in his pockets.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Nobody speaks the truth when there is something they must have.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Language is a mixture of statement and evocation.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Experience isn't interesting until it begins to repeat itself.
In fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.
- Elizabeth Bowen

I think the main thing, don't you, is to keep the show on the road.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Never to lie is to have no lock on your door,
you are never wholly alone.
- Elizabeth Bowen

The heart may think it knows better:
the senses know that absence blots people out.
We really have no absent friends.
- 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

If a theme or idea is too near the surface,
the novel becomes simply a tract illustrating an idea.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Illusions are art, for the feeling person,
and it is by art that we live, if we do.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Art is one thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting.
- Elizabeth Bowen

When you love someone all your saved up wishes start coming out.
- Elizabeth Bowen

No object is mysterious.
The mystery is your eye.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Education is not so important as people think.
- Elizabeth Bowen

One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it.
- Elizabeth Bowen

If you look at life one way, there is always cause for alarm.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Ireland is a great country to die or be married in.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Remember, upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.
- Alexander the Great

Happiness cannot thrive within the prison of obligation.
Live wild, life free, live as master of your own fate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each man is the architect of his own fate.
- Appius Claudius

I do not believe in a fate that
falls on men however they act;
but I do believe in a fate
that falls on them unless they act.
- The Buddha

When an inner situation is not made conscious,
it appears outside as fate.
- Carl Jung

Live wild, life free, live as master of your own fate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Great leadership is not the visit of an unexpected fate
but rather a flame which is kept burning
in spite of the winds of risk and opposition.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It is what a man thinks of himself
that really determines his fate.
- Henry David Thoreau

Men are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Fate chooses your relations, you choose your friends.
- Jacques Delille

Until you make the unconscious conscious,
it will direct your life and you will call it fate.
- Carl Jung

Fate makes us family. choice makes us friends.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Art is a revolt against fate.
- Andre Malraux

Concern for man and his fate must always form
the chief interest of all technical endeavors.
Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.
- Albert Einstein

Fate is for those too weak to determine their own destiny.
- Kamran Hamid

Fate is nothing but the deeds committed
in a prior state of existence.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

History shows us that other highly developed forms
of civilization have collapsed.
Who knows whether the same fate does not await our own?
- Christian Lous Lange

I have a wife, I have sons: all of them hostages given to fate.
- Lucan

I would not fear nor wish my fate, but boldly say each night,
to-morrow let my sun his beams display,
or in clouds hide them; I have lived today.
- Abraham Crowley

People without firmness of character love to make up a fate for themselves;
that relieves them of the necessity of having their
own will and of taking responsibility for themselves.
- Ivan Turgenev

One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it.
But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief,
that is a fate more terrible than dying.
- Joan of Arc

Fate often puts all the material for happiness and
prosperity into a man's hands just to see how miserable
he can make himself with them.
- Don Marquis

Maybe our mistakes are what make our fate.
- Sarah Jessica Parker

And if you cannot remain indifferent,
you must resolve to throw your weight into that balance
in which the fate and condition of man is weighed.
- Lajos Kossuth

Full of wisdom are the ordinations of fate.
- Friedrich Schiller

How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is.
- Wilhelm von Humboldt

It is the fate of operating systems to become free.
- Neal Stephenson

You wait for fate to bring about the changes in life
which you should be bringing about by yourself.
- Doug Coupland

Evil is done without effort, naturally,
it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.
- Charles Baudelaire

Living Life Tomorrow's fate, though thou be wise,
Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise;
Pass,
therefore, not today in vain, For it will never come again.
- Omar Khayyam

The fate of our times is characterized by rationalization
and intellectualization and,
above all, by the disenchantment of the world.
- Max Weber

Personally, I would say the 'master' of this whole thing is fate...
Whoever is on the playing field is fair game,
and it's up to them to avoid being used.
- Cliff Burton

It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what
they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals.
- Bertrand Russell


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