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Elizabeth Bowen Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
- Michelangelo

It is art that makes life, makes interest,
makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever
for the force and beauty of its process.
- Max Eastman

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
- Thomas Merton

So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
- Alexander Pope

Your life is the manifestation of your dream;
it is an art.
You can change your life anytime if
you aren't enjoying the dream.
- don Miguel Ruiz

When I think of art I think of beauty.
Beauty is the mystery of life.
It is not in the eye it is in the mind.
In our minds there is awareness of perfection.
- Agnes Martin

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
- Theodore Bikel

The history of modern art is also the history of the
progressive loss of art's audience.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist
and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin

Tell me what company thou keepst,
and I'll tell thee what thou art.
- Miguel de Cervantes

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and all science.
He to whom this emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

Art consists of limitation.
The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

All art is but imitation of nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Treat a work of art like a prince.
Let it speak to you first.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The whole art of teaching is only the art
of awakening the natural curiosity
of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
- Anatole France

Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather,
and exposing them to the critic.
- Ambrose Bierce

The perfection of art is to conceal art.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art,
which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby
since I hadn't made money with it.
- Laurie Anderson

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters,
is simplicity.
- Walt Whitman

Art is a revolt against fate.
- Andre Malraux

Even a true artist does not always produce art.
- Carroll O'Connor

Great art picks up where nature ends.
- Marc Chagall

Love isn't an emotion or an instinct - it's an art.
- Mae West

Art is not a thing; it is a way.
- Elbert Hubbard

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

Minimal art went nowhere.
- Sol LeWitt

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as
a basis for architecture.
- Arthur Erickson

Art hurts.
Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

In art as in love, instinct is enough.
- Anatole France

Be slow to fall into friendship;
but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
- Socrates

People say conversation is a lost art;
how often I have wished it were.
- Edward R. Murrow

The more horrifying this world becomes,
the more art becomes abstract.
- Ellen Key

The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
- Theodor Adorno

Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
- Lin Yutang


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