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Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has. Anita Brookner#Youth 77
Anita Brookner#Youth 77
A man can go from being a lover to being a stranger in three moves flat but a woman under the guise of friendship will engage in acts of duplicity which come to light very much later. There are different species of self-justification. Anita Brookner#Men 68
Anita Brookner#Men 68
The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule. Anita Brookner#Love 64
Anita Brookner#Love 64
You have no idea how promising the world begins to look once you have decided to have it all for yourself. And how much healthier your decisions are once they become entirely selfish. Anita Brookner#Become 63
Anita Brookner#Become 63
Life... is not simply a series of exciting new ventures. The future is not always a whole new ball game. There tends to be unfinished business. One trails all sorts of things around with one, things that simply won't be got rid of. Anita Brookner#Business 62
Anita Brookner#Business 62
Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society. Anita Brookner#Religion 60
Anita Brookner#Religion 60
A complete woman is probably not a very admirable creature. She is manipulative, uses other people to get her own way, and works within whatever system she is in. Anita Brookner#Women 59
Anita Brookner#Women 59
She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years. Anita Brookner#Age 58
Anita Brookner#Age 58
It is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. hares have no time to read. Anita Brookner#Contention 53
Anita Brookner#Contention 53
A man of such obvious and exemplary charm must be a liar. Anita Brookner#Charisma 51
Anita Brookner#Charisma 51
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