Quotations From ANITA BROOKNER


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  • Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive. Bad women never take the blame for anything.
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British author. Mr. Neville, in Hotel du Lac, ch. 7 (1984).

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  • ... writing is the enemy of forgetfulness, of thoughtlessness. For the writer there is no oblivion. Only endless memory.
    Anita Brookner (b. 1928), British novelist. Look at Me, ch. 6 (1983).

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  • Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society.
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).

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  • What is interesting about self-analysis is that it leads nowhere—it is an art form in itself.
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
  • She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years.
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Hotel du Lac, ch. 4 (1984).

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  • Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists.
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Interview in Women Writers Talk, ed. Olga Kenyon (1989).

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  • Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has.
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Blanche Vernon, in The Misalliance, ch. 10 (1986).

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  • Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence—a lot passes you by—simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Novelists in Interview, ed. John Haffenden (1985).

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  • No blame should attach to telling the truth. But it does, it does.
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Rachel, in A Friend from England, ch. 10 (1987).

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  • It will be a pity if women in the more conventional mould are to be phased out, for there will never be anyone to go home to.
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Rachel, in A Friend From England, ch. 10 (1987). Of women's lifestyles.

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