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Edna O'Brien Quotes

Irish? In truth I would not want to be anything else. It is a state of mind as well as an actual country. It is being at odds withother nationalities, having quite different philosophy about pleasure, about punishment, about life, and about death. At least it does not leave one pusillanimous.
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When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.

— Edna O'Brien

Writers are always anxious, always on the run
from the telephone, from responsibilities, from the distractions of the world.

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Money talks, but tell me why all it says is just Goodbye.

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I was lonelier than I should be, for a woman in love, or half in love.

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It was the first time that I came face to face with madness and feared it and was fascinated by it.

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In every question and every remark tossed back and forth between lovers who have not played out the last fugue, there is one question and it is this: 'Is there someone new?'

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I had not the heart to tell her that great love stories told of the pain and separateness between men and women.

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You're a right-looking eejit

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Although one might seem relatively gregarious, the real self is at the desk," she said. "It is a trial for relationships, for friendships. Every writer dreads losing the connection to the work, the momentum, and to keep it, you can't truly be sociable.

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The players were mostly seated, itching to begin, impatient men shuffling the packs of cards, a center lamp on each table, and a hail of welcome as Cornelius entered.

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Irish Catholicism is very much founded on the stone of fear and of punishment.

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Ideally I'd like to spend two evenings a week talking to Proust and another conversing with the Holy Ghost.

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IT WAS TESS who told me about the crowd going to the all-night dance. We'd been school friends. We'd picked mushrooms and pretended to have seen a big ship. She had got married since I went away; it was a made match, a man from the midlands, a Donal, who had worked in a garage but took to farming, out all day, draining fields and callows so that he could till them and sow corn.

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Ordinary life bypassed me, but I also bypassed it. It couldn't have been any other way.Conventional life and conventional people are not for me.

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Fear is a dreadful drawback because it stops us living in the moment.

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