Quotes by Penelope Fitzgerald

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Penelope Fitzgerald (17 December 1916 - 28 April 2000) was an English poet, novelist and biographer. She was the daughter of Edward Knox, one of the four Knox Brothers about whom she wrote a book. more

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However, no two people see the external world in exactly the same way. To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is --in other words, not a thing, but a think.

If they don't depend on true evidence, scientists are no better than gossips.
It's very good for an idea to be commonplace. The important thing is that a new idea should develop out of what is already there so that it soon becomes an old acquaintance. Old acquaintances aren't by any means always welcome, but at least one can't be mistaken as to who or what they are.
… women like to live on their imagination. // It’s all they can afford, most of them.
Truth ensures trust, but not victory, or even happiness.
Love without hope grows in its own atmosphere, and should encourage the imagination ….

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