Anita Brookner

((1928-2016) / Herne Hill)

Anita Brookner Quotes

  • ''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).
  • ''The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.''
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Rachel, in A Friend From England, ch. 10 (1987). Referring to Michael Sandberg.
  • ''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.
  • ''A man of such obvious and exemplary charm must be a liar.''
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Rachel, in A Friend From England, ch. 3 (1987). Referring to Michael Sandberg.
  • ''Like many rich men, he thought in anecdotes; like many simple women, she thought in terms of biography.''
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. The Misalliance, ch. 1 (1986). Of Bertie and Blanche Vernon.
  • ''Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.''
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Women Writers Talk, ed. Olga Kenyon (1989).

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