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Anthony Powell Sayings: A woman's power of imitation and adaptation make her capable of confronting you with your A woman's power of imitation and adaptation make her capable of confronting you with your own arguments after even the briefest acquaintance: how much more so if a state of intimacy exists.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: Would it be too explicit, too exaggerated, to say that when I set eyes on Would it be too explicit, too exaggerated, to say that when I set eyes on Isobel Tolland, I knew at once that I should marry her? Something like that is the truth; certainly nearer the truth than merely to record those vague, inchoate sentiments of interest of which I was so immediately conscious. It was as if I had known her for many years already; enjoyed happiness with her and suffered sadness. I was conscious of that, as of another life, nostalgically remembered. Then, at that moment, to be compelled to go through all the paraphernalia of introduction, of 'getting to know' one another by means of the normal formalities of social life, seemed hardly worth while. We knew one another already; the future was determinate.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: Feeling unable to maintain this detachment of attitude towards human- and, in especial, matrimonial- affairs, Feeling unable to maintain this detachment of attitude towards human- and, in especial, matrimonial- affairs, I asked whether it was not true that she had married Bob Duport. She nodded; not exactly conveying, it seemed to me, that by some happy chance their union had introduced her to an unexpected terrestrial paradise.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: He did his best to conceal this antipathy, because the one thing he hated, more He did his best to conceal this antipathy, because the one thing he hated, more than constituted authority itself, was to hear constituted authority questioned by anyone but himself. This is perhaps an endemic trait in all who love power, and my father had an absolute passion for power, although he was never in a position to wield it on a notable scale.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: Brains and hard work are of very little avail, Jenkins, unless you know the right Brains and hard work are of very little avail, Jenkins, unless you know the right people.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: Human relationships flourish and decay, quickly and silently, so that those concerned scarcely know how Human relationships flourish and decay, quickly and silently, so that those concerned scarcely know how brittle, or how inflexible, the ties that bind them have become.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: He fell in love with himself at first sight, and it is a passion to He fell in love with himself at first sight, and it is a passion to which he has always remained faithful. Self-love seems so often unrequited.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: People think that because a novel's invented, it isn't true. Exactly the reverse is the People think that because a novel's invented, it isn't true. Exactly the reverse is the case. Biography and memoirs can never be wholly true, since they cannot include every conceivable circumstance of what happened. The novel can do that.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: Mrs Maclintick's dissatisfaction with life had probably reached so advanced a stage that she was Mrs Maclintick's dissatisfaction with life had probably reached so advanced a stage that she was unable to approach any new event amiably, even when proffered temporary alleviation of her own chronic spleen.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: Reason is given to all men, but all men do not know how to use Reason is given to all men, but all men do not know how to use it. Liberty is offered to each one of us, but few learn to be free. Such gifts are, in any case, a right to be earned, not a privilege for the shiftless.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: Perhaps these are inward irritations always produced by love: the acutely sensitive nerves of intimacy: Perhaps these are inward irritations always produced by love: the acutely sensitive nerves of intimacy: the haunting fear that all may not go well.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: Lady Warminster was a woman among women,' said Mrs Erdleigh. 'I shall never forget her Lady Warminster was a woman among women,' said Mrs Erdleigh. 'I shall never forget her gratitude when I revealed to her that Tuesday was the best day for the operation of revenge.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: The popular Press always talk as if only the rich committed adultery. One really can't The popular Press always talk as if only the rich committed adultery. One really can't imagine a more snobbish assumption.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: ON his way out of the museum Atwater passed Nosworth, arguing in the evening sunshine ON his way out of the museum Atwater passed Nosworth, arguing in the evening sunshine with a party of negroes, who stood about him in ungainly positions, near in spirit to the Anglo-Saxon attitudes of First Messenger.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: In those days children were rather out of fashion. In those days children were rather out of fashion.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: Anyway, what can one do here? I am seriously thinking of running away and joining Anyway, what can one do here? I am seriously thinking of running away and joining the Foreign Legion or the North-West Mounted Police - whichever work the shorter hours.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: Maclintick's calculatedly humdrum appearance, although shabby, seemed aimed at concealing bohemian affiliations. Maclintick's calculatedly humdrum appearance, although shabby, seemed aimed at concealing bohemian affiliations.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: Trapnel wanted, among other things, to be a writer, a dandy, a lover, a comrade, Trapnel wanted, among other things, to be a writer, a dandy, a lover, a comrade, an eccentric, a sage, a virtuoso, a good chap, a man of honour, a hard case, a spendthrift, an opportunist, a raisonneur; to be very rich, to be very poor, to possess a thousand mistresses, to win the heart of one love to whom he was ever faithful, to be on the best of terms with all men, to avenge savagely the lightest affront, to live to a hundred full of years and honour, to die young and unknown but recognized the following day as the most neglected genius of the age. Each of these ambitions had something to recommend it from one angle or another, with the possible exception of being poor - the only aim Trapnel achieved with unqualified mastery - and even being poor, as Trapnel himself asserted, gave the right to speak categorically when poverty was discussed by people like Evadne Clapham.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: Romantic ideas about the way life is lived are often to be found in persons Romantic ideas about the way life is lived are often to be found in persons themselves fairly coarse-grained.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: When Quiggin ingratiated himself with people - during his days as secretary to St. John When Quiggin ingratiated himself with people - during his days as secretary to St. John Clarke, for example - he was far too shrewd to confine himself to mere flattery. A modicum of bullying was a pleasure both to himself and his patrons.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: What a shabby lot of highbrows have turned out tonight," he said, when he saw What a shabby lot of highbrows have turned out tonight," he said, when he saw us. "It makes me ashamed to be one.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: Emotional crises always promote the urgent need for executive action, so that the times when Emotional crises always promote the urgent need for executive action, so that the times when we most hope to be free from the practical administration of life are always those when the need to cope with a concrete world is more than ever necessary.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: I was impressed for the ten thousandth time by the fact that literature illuminates life I was impressed for the ten thousandth time by the fact that literature illuminates life only for those to whom books are a necessity. Books are unconvertible assets, to be passed on only to those who possess them already.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: She scarcely spoke at all and might have been one of those huge dolls which, She scarcely spoke at all and might have been one of those huge dolls which, when inclined backwards, say "Ma-ma" or "Pa-pa": though impossible to imagine in any position so undignified as that required for the mechanism to produce these syllables.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: Bring a torch, if you've got one. It's as dark as hell and stinks of Bring a torch, if you've got one. It's as dark as hell and stinks of something far worse than cheese.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: Mr. Deacon, on the other hand, was in favour of abolishing, or ignoring, the existing Mr. Deacon, on the other hand, was in favour of abolishing, or ignoring, the existing world entirely, with a view to experimenting with one of an entirely different order. He was a student of Esperanto (or, possibly, one of the lesser-known artificial languages), intermittently vegetarian, and an advocate of decimal coinage.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: Everyone knows the manner in which some specific name will recur several times in quick Everyone knows the manner in which some specific name will recur several times in quick succession from different quarters; part of that inexplicable magic throughout life that makes us suddenly think of someone before turning a street corner and meeting him, or her, face to face. In the same way, you may be struck, reading a book, by some obscure passage or lines of verse, quoted again, quite unexpectedly, twenty-four hours later.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: Oh, good," said Hugh, but without enthusiasm. "By the way, here is that American novel Oh, good," said Hugh, but without enthusiasm. "By the way, here is that American novel I told you about. Let me know what you think of it."
"Anything special?"
"I don't feel happy about the chapter where Irving and Wayne listen to the whip-poor-will."
"I'll study it."
I took Lot's Hometown and went back to my room to ring up Hudson.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: Of this crisis in my life, I remember chiefly a sense of tremendous inevitability, a Of this crisis in my life, I remember chiefly a sense of tremendous inevitability, a feeling that fate was settling its own problems, and too much reflection would be out of place.
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Anthony Powell Sayings: I was somewhat put out to find that recurrent projections in the mind of the I was somewhat put out to find that recurrent projections in the mind of the images of either of them, Jean or Suzette, did not in the least exclude that of the other. That was when I began to suspect that being in love might be a complicated affair.
Anthony Powell Sayings: There is no greater sign of innate misery than a love of teasing. There is no greater sign of innate misery than a love of teasing.
Anthony Powell Sayings: His own family regarded Robert as one of those quietly self-indulgent people who live rather His own family regarded Robert as one of those quietly self-indulgent people who live rather secret lives because they find themselves thereby less burdened by having to think of others.
Anthony Powell Sayings: The whole idea of interviews is in itself absurd - one cannot answer deep questions The whole idea of interviews is in itself absurd - one cannot answer deep questions about what one's life was like - one writes novels about it.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Even the formal measure of the Seasons seemed suspended in the wintry silence. Even the formal measure of the Seasons seemed suspended in the wintry silence.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Being in love is a complicated matter; although anyone who is prepared to pretend that Being in love is a complicated matter; although anyone who is prepared to pretend that love is a simple, straightforward business is always in a strong position for making conquests.
Anthony Powell Sayings: It was [Hugh's] omnipresent fear that some woman might be foisted on him who would It was [Hugh's] omnipresent fear that some woman might be foisted on him who would turn out to be an adventuress and would blackmail him. This preoccupation made it almost impossible for him to engage a secretary.
Anthony Powell Sayings: His turn-out was emphatically excellent, and he diffused waves of personality, strong, chilling gusts of His turn-out was emphatically excellent, and he diffused waves of personality, strong, chilling gusts of icy air, a protective element that threatened to freeze into rigidity all who came through the door, before they could approach him nearer.
Anthony Powell Sayings: It is, indeed, strange how often persons, living in other respects quite unobjectively, can suddenly It is, indeed, strange how often persons, living in other respects quite unobjectively, can suddenly become acutely objective about some specific concern of their own.
Anthony Powell Sayings: The common where we had walked the previous evening was a deserted tract of land, The common where we had walked the previous evening was a deserted tract of land, typical of Surrey, looking as if it might be miles from any habitation, while only a few deciduous trees divided it from country studded with bungalows. Some of the land showed traces of heath fires, charred roots and stones lying about on the blackened ground. Walking there was not at all like being in the country. Agriculture seemed as remote as in a London street. This waste land might have been some walled-in space in the suburbs where business men practised golfstrokes; or the corner of a cinema studio used for shooting wilderness scenes. It had neither memories of the past nor hope for the future.
Anthony Powell Sayings: There was still distance to travel, but I was on the way to drawing level There was still distance to travel, but I was on the way to drawing level with Mr. Deacon, as a fellow grown-up, himself no longer a figment of memory from childhood, but visible proof that life had existed in much the same way before I had begun to any serious extent to take part; and would, without doubt, continue to prevail long after he and I had ceased to participate.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Lady Warminster represented to a high degree that characteristic of her own generation that everything Lady Warminster represented to a high degree that characteristic of her own generation that everything may be said, though nothing indecorous discussed openly. Layer upon layer of wrapping, box after box revealing in the Chinese manner yet another box, must conceal all doubtful secrets; only the discipline of infinite obliquity made it lawful to examine the seamy side of life. If these mysteries were observed everything might be contemplated: however unsavoury: however unspeakable.
Anthony Powell Sayings: When people really hate one another, the tension within them can sometimes make itself felt When people really hate one another, the tension within them can sometimes make itself felt throughout a room, like atmospheric waves, first hot, then cold, wafted backwards and forwards as if in an invisible process of air conditioning, creating a pervasive physical disturbance.
Anthony Powell Sayings: In fact the original memory of Miss Blaides returned to me one morning when I In fact the original memory of Miss Blaides returned to me one morning when I was sitting in my cream distempered, strip-lighted, bare, sanitary, glaring, forlorn little cell at the Studio. In that place it was possible to know deep despondency.
Anthony Powell Sayings: One's capacity for hearing about ghastly doings lessens with age. One's capacity for hearing about ghastly doings lessens with age.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Entering the front door, you were at once assailed by a nightmare of cheerlessness and Entering the front door, you were at once assailed by a nightmare of cheerlessness and squalor, all the sordid melancholy, at its worst, of any nest of bedrooms where only men sleep;
Anthony Powell Sayings: If certain individuals fall in love from motives of convenience, they can be contrasted with If certain individuals fall in love from motives of convenience, they can be contrasted with plenty of others in whom passion seems principally aroused by the intensity of administrative difficulties in procuring its satisfaction.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Later in life, I learnt that many things one may require have to be weighed Later in life, I learnt that many things one may require have to be weighed against one's dignity, which can be an insuperable barrier against advancement in almost any direction. However, in those days, choice between dignity and unsatisfied curiosity was less clear to me as a cruel decision that had to be made.
Anthony Powell Sayings: The latter's boast that he had never read a book for pleasure in his life The latter's boast that he had never read a book for pleasure in his life did not predispose me in his favour.
Anthony Powell Sayings: He suddenly began to look wretched, much as I had seen him look as a He suddenly began to look wretched, much as I had seen him look as a schoolboy: lonely: awkward: unpopular: odd; no longer the self-confident businessman into which he had grown. His face now brought back the days when one used to watch him plodding off through the drizzle to undertake the long, solitary runs across the dismal fields beyond the sewage farms: runs which were to train him for teams in which he was never included.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Pictures, apart from their aesthetic interest, can achieve the mysterious fascination of those enigmatic scrawls Pictures, apart from their aesthetic interest, can achieve the mysterious fascination of those enigmatic scrawls on walls, the expression of Heaven knows what psychological urge on the part of the executant;
Anthony Powell Sayings: Short, square, cleanshaven, his head seemed carved out of an elephant's tusk, the whole massive Short, square, cleanshaven, his head seemed carved out of an elephant's tusk, the whole massive cone of ivory left more or less complete in its original shape, eyes hollowed out deep in the roots, the rest of the protuberance accommodating his other features, terminating in a perfectly colossal nose that stretched directly forward from the totally bald cranium. The nose was preposterous, grotesque, slapstick, a mask from a Goldoni comedy.
Anthony Powell Sayings: I felt that, if we could avoid seeing each other for long enough, any questions I felt that, if we could avoid seeing each other for long enough, any questions of sentiment - so often deprecated by Barbara herself - could be allowed quietly to subside, and take their place in those niches of memory especially reserved for abortive emotional entanglements of that particular kind.
Anthony Powell Sayings: She glided away towards the lift, which seemed hardly needed, with its earthly and mechanical She glided away towards the lift, which seemed hardly needed, with its earthly and mechanical paraphernalia, to bear her up to the higher levels.
Anthony Powell Sayings: I did not, however, as yet see him as one of those symbolic figures, of I did not, however, as yet see him as one of those symbolic figures, of whom most people possess at least one example, if not more, round whom the past and the future have a way of assembling.
Anthony Powell Sayings: My brother is a strange fellow, said Bernard, speaking with terrible bonhomie. My brother is a strange fellow, said Bernard, speaking with terrible bonhomie.
Anthony Powell Sayings: He delayed entry for a brief period, pressing the edge of the door against his He delayed entry for a brief period, pressing the edge of the door against his head, the other side of which touched the wall: rigid, as if imprisoned in a cruel trap specially designed to catch him and his like: some ingenious snare, savage in mechanism, though at the same time calculated to preserve from injury the skin of such rare creatures.
Anthony Powell Sayings: It was an occasion that undoubtedly did more credit to Mr. Deacon's social adroitness than It was an occasion that undoubtedly did more credit to Mr. Deacon's social adroitness than to my own, because I was still young enough to be only dimly aware that there are moments when mutual acquaintance may be allowed more wisely to pass unrecognised.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Verbal description of everything, however, must remain infinitely distant from the thing itself, overstatement and Verbal description of everything, however, must remain infinitely distant from the thing itself, overstatement and understatement sometimes hitting off the truth better than a flat assertion of bare fact.
Anthony Powell Sayings: I don't dislike him because he's a Jew,' said Mr. Nunnery. 'One can't dismiss whole I don't dislike him because he's a Jew,' said Mr. Nunnery. 'One can't dismiss whole races at a time.' 'He's all right.' 'You'd hardly know he was a Jew.' 'Oh, no. Hardly at all.
Anthony Powell Sayings: As a rule Uncle Giles took not the slightest interest in anyone or anything except As a rule Uncle Giles took not the slightest interest in anyone or anything except himself and his own affairs - indeed was by this time all but incapable of absorbing even the smallest particle of information about others, unless such information had some immediate bearing on his own case.
Anthony Powell Sayings: A dance to the music of time. A dance to the music of time.
Anthony Powell Sayings: I addressed a remark to him which he acknowledged simply by closing and opening his I addressed a remark to him which he acknowledged simply by closing and opening his eyes, making me feel that, the next time I spoke, I ought to make an attempt to find something a trifle less banal to say: though his smile at the same time absolved me from the slightest blame in falling so patently short of his accustomed standards. I was not conscious of being at all offended by this demeanour: on the contrary, Truscott's comportment seemed a kind of spur to encourage all who came to win his esteem; although - and perhaps because - he was obviously prepared to offer nothing in return.
Anthony Powell Sayings: One's associations with people are regulated as much by what they stand for, as by One's associations with people are regulated as much by what they stand for, as by what they are, individual characteristics becoming from time to time submerged in more general implications.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Slowly, but very deliberately, the brooding edifice of seduction, creaking and incongruous, came into being, Slowly, but very deliberately, the brooding edifice of seduction, creaking and incongruous, came into being, a vast Heath Robinson mechanism, dually controlled by them and lumbering gloomily down vistas of triteness. With a sort of heavy-fisted dexterity the mutually adapted emotions of each of them became synchronised, until the unavoidable anti-climax was at hand. Later they dined at a restaurant quite near the flat.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Reading novels needs almost as much talent as writing them. Reading novels needs almost as much talent as writing them.
Anthony Powell Sayings: I must have been about twenty-one or twenty-two at the time, and held then many I must have been about twenty-one or twenty-two at the time, and held then many rather wild ideas on the subject of women: conceptions largely the result of having read a good deal without simultaneous opportunity to modify by personal experience the recorded judgment of others upon that matter: estimates often excellent in their conclusions if correctly interpreted, though requiring practical knowledge to be appreciated at their full value.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Some persons feel drawn towards those who dislike them, or are at least determined to Some persons feel drawn towards those who dislike them, or are at least determined to overcome opposition of that sort.
Anthony Powell Sayings: In fact, so far as 'love' was concerned, I had been living for some years In fact, so far as 'love' was concerned, I had been living for some years past in a rather makeshift manner. This was not because I felt the matter to be of little interest, like a man who hardly cares what he eats provided hunger is satisfied, or one prepared to discuss painting, should the subject arise, though never tempted to enter a picture gallery. On the contrary, my interest in love was keen enough, but the thing itself seemed not particularly simple to come by.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Gathered round the bucket of coke that burned in front of the shelter, several figures Gathered round the bucket of coke that burned in front of the shelter, several figures were swinging arms against bodies and rubbing hands together with large, pantomimic gestures: like comedians giving formal expression to the concept of extreme cold.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Within this hollow bed of the stream the whole range of the quarry was out Within this hollow bed of the stream the whole range of the quarry was out of sight, except for where the just visible peak of an escarpment of spoil shelved up to the horizon's mountainous coagulations of floating cottonwool, a density of white cloud perforated here and there by slowly opening and closing loopholes of the palest blue light.
Anthony Powell Sayings: This matter of being able to establish Barbara's whereabouts for a specific number of hours This matter of being able to establish Barbara's whereabouts for a specific number of hours brought at least limited relief from agonies of ignorance as to what her movements might be, with consequent inability to exercise control over her in however slight a degree; for love of that sort - the sort where the sensual element has been reduced to a minimum - must after all, largely if not entirely, resolve itself to the exercise of power: a fact of which Barbara was, of course, more aware than I.
Anthony Powell Sayings: It was, however, in keeping with the way my uncle conducted his life that he It was, however, in keeping with the way my uncle conducted his life that he should reach his destination without knowing the name of the goal.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Love is at once always absurd and never absurd; the more grotesque its form, the Love is at once always absurd and never absurd; the more grotesque its form, the more love itself confers a certain dignity on the circumstances of those it torments.
Anthony Powell Sayings: For Uncle Giles had been relegated by most of the people who knew him at For Uncle Giles had been relegated by most of the people who knew him at all well to that limbo where nothing is expected of a person, and where more than usually outrageous actions are approached, at least conversationally, as if they constituted a series of practical jokes, more or less enjoyable, according to where responsibility for clearing up matters might fall. The curious thing about persons regarding whom society has taken this largely self-defensive measure is that the existence of the individual himself reaches a pitch when nothing he does can ever be accepted as serious.
Anthony Powell Sayings: I wonder whether what we call politeness isn't just weakness I wonder whether what we call politeness isn't just weakness
Anthony Powell Sayings: Dinner at the Huntercombes' possessed only two dramatic features - the wine was a farce Dinner at the Huntercombes' possessed only two dramatic features - the wine was a farce and the food a tragedy.
Anthony Powell Sayings: I wondered whether I wanted to hear more. The Jean business was long over, but I wondered whether I wanted to hear more. The Jean business was long over, but even when you have ceased to love someone, that does not necessarily bring an indifference to a past shared together. Besides, though love may die, vanity lives on timelessly. I knew that I must be prepared to hear things I should not like. Yet, although where unfaithfulness reigns, ignorance may be preferable to knowledge, at the same time, once knowledge is brutally born, exactitude is preferable to uncertainty.
Anthony Powell Sayings: suggestion of public service, even suggestion of public service, even
Anthony Powell Sayings: Parents are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don't fulfill the Parents are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don't fulfill the promise of their early years.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Jeavon's thick dark hair, with its ridges of corkscrew curls, had now turned quite white, Jeavon's thick dark hair, with its ridges of corkscrew curls, had now turned quite white, the Charlie Chaplin moustache remaining black. This combination of tones for some reason gave him an oddly Italian appearance, enhanced by blue overalls, obscurely suggesting a railway porter at a station in Italy.
Anthony Powell Sayings: There could be no doubt, so I was finally forced to decide, that the longer There could be no doubt, so I was finally forced to decide, that the longer one dealt with them, the more one developed the habit of treating generals like members of the opposite sex; specifically, like ladies no longer young, who therefore deserve extra courtesy and attention; indeed, whose every whim must be given thought.
Anthony Powell Sayings: His mastery of the hard-luck story was of a kind never achieved by persons not His mastery of the hard-luck story was of a kind never achieved by persons not wholly concentrated on themselves.
Anthony Powell Sayings: I have absolutely no histrionic talent, none at all, a constitutional handicap in almost all I have absolutely no histrionic talent, none at all, a constitutional handicap in almost all undertakings of life;but then, after all, plenty of actors possess little enough.
Anthony Powell Sayings: However, obeying that law that requires most people to minimise to a superior a misfortune However, obeying that law that requires most people to minimise to a superior a misfortune which, to an inferior, they would magnify, Widmerpool thrust his head through the open window of the car, and, smiling reverentially, gave an assurance that all was well.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Widmerpool's face assumed a dramatic expression that made him look rather like a large fish Widmerpool's face assumed a dramatic expression that made him look rather like a large fish moving swiftly through opaque water to devour a smaller one.
Anthony Powell Sayings: The potential biographies of those who die young possess the mystic dignity of a headless The potential biographies of those who die young possess the mystic dignity of a headless statue, the poetry of enigmatic passages in an unfinished or mutilated manuscript, unburdened with contrived or banal endings.
Anthony Powell Sayings: One always imagines things happen in hot blood,' he said. 'An ill-considered remark starts a One always imagines things happen in hot blood,' he said. 'An ill-considered remark starts a row. Hard words follow, misunderstandings. Matters that can be put right in the end. Unfortunately life doesn't work out like that. First of all there is no row, secondly, nothing can be put right.
Anthony Powell Sayings: For a brief second, for an inexpressibly curtailed efflux of time, so short that its For a brief second, for an inexpressibly curtailed efflux of time, so short that its duration could be appreciated only in recollection, being immediately engulfed at the moment of birth, I was conscious of a sensation I had never before encountered: an awareness that Stringham was perhaps a trifle embarrassed.
Anthony Powell Sayings: This person was standing under Lavery's portrait of Lady Walpole-Wilson, painted at the time of This person was standing under Lavery's portrait of Lady Walpole-Wilson, painted at the time of her marriage, in a white dress and blue sash, a picture he was examining with the air of one trying to fill in the seconds before introductions begin to take place, rather than on account of a deep interest in art.
Anthony Powell Sayings: In the break-up of a marriage the world inclines to take the side of the In the break-up of a marriage the world inclines to take the side of the partner with most vitality, rather than the one apparently least to blame.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Friendship, popularly represented as something simple and straightforward - in contrast with love - is Friendship, popularly represented as something simple and straightforward - in contrast with love - is perhaps no less complicated, requiring equally mysterious nourishment; like love, too, bearing also within its embryo inherent seeds of dissolution, something more fundamentally destructive, perhaps, than the mere passing of time, the all-obliterating march of events which had, for example, come between Stringham and myself.
Anthony Powell Sayings: In fact, she [Pamela Flitton] seemed to prefer 'older men' on the whole, possibly because In fact, she [Pamela Flitton] seemed to prefer 'older men' on the whole, possibly because of their potentiality for deeper suffering. Young men might superficially transcend their seniors in this respect, but they probably showed less endurance in sustaining that state, while, once pinioned, the middle-aged could be made to writhe almost indefinitely.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Stringham said: 'If you're not careful you will suffer the awful fate of the man Stringham said: 'If you're not careful you will suffer the awful fate of the man who always knows the right clothes to wear and the right shop to buy them at.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Women may show some discrimination about whom they sleep with, but they'll marry anybody. Women may show some discrimination about whom they sleep with, but they'll marry anybody.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Because nothing establishes the timelessness of Time like those episodes of early experience seen, on Because nothing establishes the timelessness of Time like those episodes of early experience seen, on re-examination at a later period, to have been crowded together with such unbelievable closeness in the course of a few years; yet equally giving the illusion of being so infinitely extended during the months when actually taking place.
Anthony Powell Sayings: I was aware of an unexpected drift towards intimacy, although this sudden sense of knowing I was aware of an unexpected drift towards intimacy, although this sudden sense of knowing her all at once much better was not simultaneously accompanied by any clear portrayal in my own mind of the kind of person she might really be. Perhaps intimacy of any sort, love or friendship, impedes all exactness of definition.
Anthony Powell Sayings: His daughters had lived their early life in permanent disgrace for having, none of them, His daughters had lived their early life in permanent disgrace for having, none of them, been born a boy.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Such emotions, sudden bursts of sexual jealousy that pursue us through life, sometimes without the Such emotions, sudden bursts of sexual jealousy that pursue us through life, sometimes without the smallest justification that memory or affection might provide, are like wounds, unknown and quiescent, that suddenly break out to give pain, or at least irritation, at a later season of the year, or in an unfamiliar climate.
Anthony Powell Sayings: Literature illuminates life only for those to whom books are a necessity. Literature illuminates life only for those to whom books are a necessity.
Anthony Powell Sayings: The army is at once the worst place for egoists, and the best. The army is at once the worst place for egoists, and the best.