Quotes by Anthony Powell

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Anthony Dymoke Powell (December 21, 1905 - March 28, 2000) is a writer most remembered for his A Dance to the Music of Time duodecalogy published between 1951 and 1975. According to his memoirs, Powell rhymes with Lowell (not towel).

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Parents are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don't fulfill the promise of their early years.

Self-love seems so often unrequited.
Few persons who have ever sat for a portrait can have felt anything but inferior while the process is going on.
Slowly, but very deliberately, the brooding edifice of seduction, creaking and incongruous, came into being, a vast Heath Robinson mechanism, dually controlled by them and lumbering gloomily down vistas of triteness. With a sort of heavy-fisted dexterity the mutually adapted emotions of each of them became synchronized, until the unavoidable anti-climax was at hand.
Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed.

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