Quotes by Anita Brookner

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Anita Brookner (born July 16, 1928) is an English novelist and art historian born in London. Educated at James Allen's Girls' School then King's College London, in 1967 she became the first woman to hold the Slade professorship at Cambridge University. Since 1977, she has been associated with the Courtauld Institute of Art. However, since winning the Booker Prize in 1984 for Hotel du Lac, she has become better known as a novelist, publishing on the average a novel a year. more

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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.

Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.
No blame should attach to telling the truth. But it does, it does.
A man of such obvious and exemplary charm must be a liar.
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.
Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive. Bad women never take the blame for anything.
Great writers are the saints for the godless.
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.
Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has.
The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.
Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society.
Romanticism is not just a mode; it literally eats into every life. Women will never get rid of just waiting for the right man.
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.
Like many rich men, he thought in anecdotes; like many simple women, she thought in terms of biography.
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.
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.
What is interesting about self-analysis is that it leads nowhere -- it is an art form in itself.
Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence -- a lot passes you by -- simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.
The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.
She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years.

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