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Elizabeth Bowen

7 June 1899 – 22 February 1973

British (Anglo-Irish) writer and novelist.


I could wish that the English kept history in mind more, that the Irish kept it in mind less.


Intimacies between women often go backwards, beginning in revelations and ending in small talk.


Ireland is a great country to die or be married in.


Who is ever adequate? We all create situations each other can't live up to, then break our hearts at them because they don't.


One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it.


Art is one thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting.


There is no end to the violations committed by children on children, quietly talking alone.


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