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Penelope Lively Quotes and Sayings

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

I rather like getting away from 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

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

 

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

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

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

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

You learn a lot, writing fiction.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We read Greek and Norse mythology until it came out of our ears.
And the Bible.
- 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 all need a past - that's where our sense of identity comes from.
- Penelope Lively

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

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 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 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'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

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

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

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

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

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard PHOTO

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

Curiosity takes courage.
The most important promises are the ones you make to yourself.
Pay Attention.
Appreciate. Listen. Imagine.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Am I not destroying my enemies
when I make friends of them?
- Abraham Lincoln

What do we live for, if it is not
to make life less difficult for each other?
- George Eliot

From what we get, we can make a living:
what we give, however makes a life.
- Arthur Ashe

Make Today count. Today - each Today -
is the most important day of your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
- St Francis of Assisi

The Four Agreements
1.Be impeccable with your word.
2.Don't take anything personally.
3.Don't make assumptions.
4.Always do your best.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.
- Leonardo da Vinci

If thou wilt make a man happy,
add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
- Epicurus

Life is what you make it.
- Anonymous

If your tendency is to make sense out of chaos, start chaos.
- Carlos Castaneda

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

We make the assumption that everyone sees life the way we do
- don Miguel Ruiz

When you make a world tolerable for yourself,
you make a world tolerable for others.
- Anais Nin

Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day;
live life to the fullest;
make the most of what you have.
It is later than you think.
- Horace

We can never obtain peace in the outer world
until we make peace with ourselves.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy -
unless you let him.
- Napoleon Hill

If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely.
It is absolutely touch and go.
Each one of us could make the difference.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves.
The process never ends until we die.
And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth;
not going all the way, and not starting.
- The Buddha

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

We will either find a way or make one.
- Hannibal

Patience, persistence and perspiration
make an unbeatable combination for success.
- Napoleon Hill

It's your life - live your own goals,
your own values, your own life.
Be of service to others,
but make your own decisions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Circumstances make man, not man circumstances.
- Mark Twain

We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
- Charles Kingsley

Our life is what our thoughts make it.
- Marcus Aurelius


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