Elizabeth Bowen Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old elizabeth bowen quotes, elizabeth bowen sayings, and elizabeth bowen proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.     

Elizabeth Bowen

Nobody speaks the truth when there is something they must have.     

Elizabeth Bowen

Autumn arrives in the early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.     

Elizabeth Bowen

Autumn arrives in the early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.     

Elizabeth Bowen

First love, with its frantic haughty imagination, swings its object clear of the everyday, over the rut of living, making him all looks, silences, gestures, attitudes, a burning phrase with no context     

Elizabeth Bowen

Some people are molded by their admirations, others by their hostilities.     

Elizabeth Bowen

Good-byes breed a sort of distaste for whomever you say good-bye to; this hurts, you feel, this must not happen again.     

Elizabeth Bowen

All your youth you want to have your greatness taken for granted; when you find it taken for granted, you are unnerved.     

Elizabeth Bowen

It is not our exalted feelings, it is our sentiments that build the necessary home.     

Elizabeth Bowen

Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life in his own terms.     

Elizabeth Bowen

Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.     

Elizabeth Bowen

Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life in his own terms.     

Elizabeth Bowen

Never to lie is to have no lock to your door, you are never wholly alone.     

Elizabeth Bowen

When you love someone all your saved up wishes start coming out.     

Elizabeth Bowen

Good-byes breed a sort of distaste for whomever you say good-bye to; this hurts, you feel, this must not happen again.     

Elizabeth Bowen

When you love someone all your saved up wishes start coming out.     

Elizabeth Bowen

The heart may think it knows better: the senses know that absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends. The friend becomes a traitor by breaking, however unwillingly or sadly, out of our own zone: a hard judgment is passed on him, for all the pleas of the heart.     

Elizabeth Bowen

Fantasy is toxic: the private cruelty and the world war both have their start in the heated brain.     

Elizabeth Bowen

Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief, a forlorn hope; it is impossible.     

Elizabeth Bowen

The craft of the novelist does lie first of all in story-telling.     

Elizabeth Bowen

Reason can never reconcile one to life: nothing allays the wants one cannot explain.     

Elizabeth Bowen

No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye.     

Elizabeth Bowen

Meetings that do not come off keep a character of their own. They stay as they were projected.     

Elizabeth Bowen

Nobody speaks the truth when there is something they must have.     

Elizabeth Bowen

The charm, one might say the genius of memory, is that it is choosy, chancy, and temperamental: it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust.     

Elizabeth Bowen

Dialogue in fiction is what characters do to one another.     

Elizabeth Bowen

Dialogue should show the relationships among people.     

Elizabeth Bowen

All good dialogue perhaps deals with something unprecedented.     

Elizabeth Bowen

Dialogue should convey a sense of spontaneity but eliminate the repetitiveness of real talk.     

Elizabeth Bowen

No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye.     

Elizabeth Bowen