Anita Brookner’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Anita Brookner Quotes 

Quotes, who doesn’t love a good quote? This series of articles we look at Top 10 Famous Quotes by Author Anita Brookner, author quotes are always a challenge and fun to pick, with Anita Brookner you will find my Ten favourites of Anita Brookner’s quotes. 

Popular Quotes

“Dr Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature”
Anita Brookner, A Start in Life

 “My idea of absolute happiness is to sit in a hot garden all, reading, or writing, utterly safe in the knowledge that the person I love will come home to me in the evening. Every evening.’

You are a romantic, Edith,’ repeated Mr Neville, with a smile.

It is you who are wrong,’ she replied. ‘I have been listening to that particular accusation for most of my life. I am not a romantic. I am a domestic animal. I do not sigh and yearn for extravagant displays of passion, for the grand affair, the world well lost for love. I know all that, and know that it leaves you lonely. No, what I crave is the simplicity of routine. An evening walk, arm in arm, in fine weather. A game of cards. Time for idle talk. Preparing a meal together.”
― Anita Brookner, Hotel du Lac

“It was then that I saw the business of writing for what it truly was and is to me. It is your penance for not being lucky. It is an attempt to reach others and to make them love you. It is your instinctive protest, when you find you have no voice at the world’s tribunals, and that no one will speak for you. I would give my entire output of words, past, present and to come, in exchange for easier access to the world, for permission to state “I hurt” or ” I hate” or ” I want”. Or indeed, “Look at me”. And I do not go back on this. For once a thing is known it can never be unknown. It can only be forgotten. And writing is the enemy of forgetfulness, or thoughtlessness. For the writer there is no oblivion. Only endless memory.”
― Anita Brookner, Look at Me

 “Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive. Bad women never take the blame for anything.”
― Anita Brookner, Hotel du Lac

 “The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.

― Anita Brookner

 “Problems of human behavior still continue to baffle us, but at least in the Library we have them properly filed.”
― Anita Brookner

“You never know what you will learn till you start writing. Then you discover truths you never knew existed.


― Anita Brookner

 “In real life, of course, it is the hare that wins. Every time. Look around you.”
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“For once a thing is known, it can never be unknown. It can only be forgotten.”
― Anita Brookner, Look at Me

“I suppose what one wants really is ideal company and books are ideal company.”
― Anita Brookner

10 Famous Quotes by Author Anita Brookner

So there you have it my Ten favourite quotes by Anita Brookner, please comment below and share your favourite quotes by the fantastic author Anita Brookner.  Furthermore, if you find any Authors not covered for there, top 10 quotes let me know and I will review their works and find some of their best quotes as has been done here for Anita Brookner. 

One Final Bonus – Anita Brookner Quote 

“A woman owes it to herself to have pretty things. And if she feels good she looks good.

You are wrong if you think you cannot live without love.
I cannot live without it. I do not mean that I go into a decline, develop odd symptons, became a caricature. I mean that I cannot live well without it. I cannot think or act or speak or write or even dream with any kind of energy in the absence of love. I feel excluded from the living world. I become cold, fish-like, immobile. I implode. My idea of absolute happiness is to sit in a hot garden all day, reading or writing, utterly safe in the knowledge that the person I love will come home to me in the evening. Every evening. I am not a romantic. I am a domesticated animal. I do not sigh and yearn for extravagant displays of passion, for the grand affair, the world well lost for love. I know all that, and know that it leaves you lonely. No, what I crave is the simplicity of routine. An evening walk, arm in arm, in fine weather. A game of cards. Time for idle talk. Preparing a meal together.”

― Anita Brookner, Hotel du Lac

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