Love Quotes and Sayings

Elizabeth Bowen Love Quotes and Sayings

Elizabeth Bowen Love Quotes and Sayings

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

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

3. 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.

4. The wish to lead out one’s lover must be a tribal feeling; the wish to be seen as loved is part of one’s self-respect.


Excerpt from Wikipedia: Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen, CBE (7 June 1899 – 22 February 1973) was an Anglo-Irish novelist and short story writer. Bowen was born in Dublin and later brought to Bowen’s Court in County Cork where she spent her summers. When her father became mentally ill in 1907, she and her mother moved to England, eventually settling in Hythe. After her mother died in 1912, Bowen was brought up by her aunts.

Sayings by Elizabeth Bowen

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

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

3. Experience isn’t interesting until it begins to repeat itself. In fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.

4. If you look at life one way, there is always cause for alarm.

5. It is not helpful to help a friend by putting coins in his pockets when he has got holes in his pockets.

6. Meeting people unlike oneself does not enlarge one’s outlook; it only confirms one’s idea that one is unique.

7. The best that an individual can do is to concentrate on what he or she can do, in the course of a burning effort to do it better.

8. 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.

9. Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.

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

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

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