Anita Brookner

((1928-2016) / Herne Hill)

Anita Brookner Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Romanticism is not just a mode; it literally eats into every life. Women will never get rid of just waiting for the right man.''
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Interview in Women Writers Talk, ed. Olga Kenyon (1989).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''A complete woman is probably not a very admirable creature. She is manipulative, uses other people to get her own way, and works within whatever system she is in.''
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
  • ''... 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).
  • ''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).
  • ''The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.''
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Novelists in Interview, ed. John Haffenden (1985).

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