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"Prosperity is the surest breeder of insolence I know."
Mark Twain
Anita Brookner Quotes
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

A man can go from being a lover to being a stranger in three moves flat but a woman under the guise of friendship will engage in acts of duplicity which come to light very much later. There are different species of self-justification.
Anita Brookner

A man of such obvious and exemplary charm must be a liar.
Anita Brookner

Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.
Anita Brookner

All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don't win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold.
Anita Brookner

Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society.
Anita Brookner

Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive. Bad women never take the blame for anything.
Anita Brookner

Great writers are the saints for the godless.
Anita Brookner

It is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. hares have no time to read.
Anita Brookner

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

Like many rich men, he thought in anecdotes; like many simple women, she thought in terms of biography.
Anita Brookner

No blame should attach to telling the truth. But it does, it does.
Anita Brookner

Old men should have more care to end life well than to live long.
Anita Brookner

Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists.
Anita Brookner

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

The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.
Anita Brookner

The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.
Anita Brookner

Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has.
Anita Brookner

What is interesting about self-analysis is that it leads nowhere - it is an art form in itself.
Anita Brookner

Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence - a lot passes you by - simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.
Anita Brookner

You can never betray the people who are dead, so you go on being a public Jew; the dead can't answer slurs, but I'm here. I would love to think that Jesus wants me for a sunbeam, but he doesn't.
Anita Brookner

Type:
Historian
Date of Birth:
1938-07-16
Year of Death:

Nationality:
English
 

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