The best Quotations


Intimacies between women go backwards, beginning with revelations and ending up in small talk without loss of esteem.
- Elizabeth Bowen

It is not our exalted feelings, it is our sentiments that build the necessary home.
- Elizabeth Bowen

It is not the straining for great things that is most effective; it is the doing the little things, the common duties, a little better and better.
- Elizabeth Bowen

It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained.
- Elizabeth Bowen

It's better to be a lion for a day, than a sheep all your life.
- Elizabeth Bowen

It's not the having, it's the getting.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Let no one till his death be called unhappy. measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Let us not take ourselves too seriously. none of us has a monopoly on wisdom.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Letters are above all useful as a means of expressing the ideal self; and no other method of communication is quite so good for this purpose. in letters we can reform without practice, beg without humiliation, snip and shape embarrassing experiences to the measure of our own desires...
- Elizabeth Bowen

Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.
- Elizabeth Bowen

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

Nothing strengthens the judgement and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Only in a house where one has learnt to be lonely does one have this solicitude for things. one's relation to them, the daily seeing or touching, begins to become love, and to lay one open to pain.
- Elizabeth Bowen

People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people's minds, as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues.
- Elizabeth Bowen

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

Propaganda has a bad name, but its root meaning is simply to disseminate through a medium, and all writing therefore is propaganda for something. it's a seeding of the self in the consciousness of others.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Should we have stayed at home and thought of here? where should we be today? is it right to be watching strangers in a play in this strangest of theatres?
- Elizabeth Bowen

Since when was genius found respectable?
- Elizabeth Bowen

Some people are molded by their admirations, others by their hostilities.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.
- Elizabeth Bowen


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Quotation You don't seem to realize that a poor person who is unhappy is in a better position than a rich person who is unhappy. Because the poor person has hope. He thinks money would help. - writer
Quotation And one of his partners asked ''Has he vertigo?'' and the other glanced out and down and said ''Oh no, only about ten feet more.'' - writer
Quotation The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little. - writer
Quotation To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal. - writer
Quotation The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun. - writer
Quotation It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted. - writer