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By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Powell

[T]here is no greater sign of innate misery than a love of teasing.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Anthony Powell

Some of the best of us are quite unambitious.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anthony Powell

One of the worst things about life is not how nasty the nasty people are. You know that already. It is how nasty the nice people can be.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Powell

Her expression was oafish, but it was on the whole this quality that gave her face a certain retentive efficacy. She had the look of a gnome or prematurely vicious child. But underneath the suggestion of peculiar knowingness an apparent and immense credulity lurked.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Powell

He fell in love with himself at first sight and it is a passion to which he has always remained faithful. Selflove seems so often unrequited.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Anthony Powell

Senile decay seemed already to have laid its hand on him while he was still in the grip of arrested development.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Anthony Powell

She glided away towards the lift, which seemed hardly needed, with its earthly and mechanical paraphernalia, to bear her up to the higher levels.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Anthony Powell

One’s capacity for hearing about ghastly doings lessens with age.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anthony Powell

Self-pity is essentially humorless, devoid of that lightness of touch which gives understanding of life.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Powell

...in those days children were rather out of fashion.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Powell

He saw that as usual it would be better to be careful as for some years now he had found being good to be almost out of the question.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Anthony Powell

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Powell

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Powell

I was relieved to find her attitude to myself suggested nothing more hostile than complete indifference.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Powell

He gave me a look of great contempt; as I supposed, for venturing, even by implication, to draw a parallel between a lack of affluence that might, literally, affect my purchase of rare vintages, and a figure of speech intended delicately to convey his own dire want for the bare necessities of life. He remained silent for several seconds, as if trying to make up his mind whether he could ever bring himself to speak to me again; and then said gruffly: 'I've got to go now.'

By Anonym 18 Sep

Anthony Powell

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Powell

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Powell

Dinner at the Huntercombes' possessed only two dramatic features - the wine was a farce and the food a tragedy.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Anthony Powell

That was a good straightforward point of view, no pretence that games were anything but an outlet for power and aggression; no stuff about their being enjoyable as such. You played a game to demonstrate that you did it better than someone else. If it came to that, I thought how few people do anything for its own sake, from making love to practising the arts.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Anthony Powell

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Powell

Few persons who have ever sat for a portrait can have felt anything but inferior while the process is going on.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Powell

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Powell

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Powell

I get a warm feeling among my books.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anthony Powell

Parents. . . are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don't fulfil the promise of their early years.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Powell

His woolly grey hair, short thick body, air of perpetual busyness, suggested an industrious gnome conscripted into the service of the army; a gnome who also liked to practise considerable malice against the race of men with whom he mingled, by making as complicated as possible every transaction they had to execute through himself.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Powell

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Powell

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.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Anthony Powell

The army is at once the worst place for egoists, and the best.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Powell

In the seven years or so that had passed since I had last seen him, Sir Magnus Donners had grown not so much older in appearance, as less like a human being.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Powell

Cortney at times seemed unnerved by Da Costa's general appearance and manner, but most of all by his clothes, which, as always, looked as if they had been made by a good tailor for someone of quite different shape.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Powell

Bring a torch, if you've got one. It's as dark as hell and stinks of something far worse than cheese.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Anthony Powell

There is always an element of unreality, perhaps even of slight absurdity, about someone you love.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Powell

In any case the friendships of later life, in contrast wih those negotiated before thirty, are apt to be burdened with reservations, constraints, inhibitions.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Powell

There is, after all, no pleasure like that given by a woman who really wants to see you.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anthony Powell

Self-love seems so often unrequited.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Powell

Writing is a combination of intangible creative fantasy and appallingly hard work.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Anthony Powell

There is a strong disposition in youth, from which some individuals never escape, to suppose that everyone else is having a more enjoyable time than we are ourselves;

By Anonym 18 Sep

Anthony Powell

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.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Anthony Powell

Only an atmosphere of quiet hard work and dull, serious conversation were appropriate to him.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Anthony Powell

We took a bus to Victoria, then passed on foot into a vast, desolate region of stucco streets and squares upon which a doom seemed to have fallen. The gloom was cosmic.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Anthony Powell

Major Fosdick was cleaning his guns in the drawing-room because it was the most comfortable room in the house. While he did this he brooded. He enjoyed cleaning his guns and he enjoyed brooding so that the afternoon was passing pleasantly enough and its charm was disturbed only by the presence of his wife, who sat opposite him, mending a flannel undergarment and making disjointed conversation about subjects in which he was not interested.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anthony Powell

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Powell

Esteem for the army - never in this country regarded, in the continental manner, as a popular expression of the national will - implies a kind of innocence.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Anthony Powell

Women may show some discrimination about whom they sleep with, but they'll marry anybody.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Anthony Powell

Maclintick's calculatedly humdrum appearance, although shabby, seemed aimed at concealing bohemian affiliations.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Anthony Powell

Well,' said Mrs. Erdleigh, speaking kindly, as if to a child who has proposed a game inevitably associated with the breakage of china, 'I know trouble will come of it if we do.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Powell

However much one hears about individuals, the picture formed in the mind rarely approximates to the reality. So it was with Mrs Maclintick. I was not prepared for her in the flesh. When she opened the door to us, her formidable discontent with life swept across the threshold in scorching, blasting waves.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Powell

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anthony Powell

One passes through the world knowing few, if any, of the important things about even the people with whom one has been from time to time in the closest intimacy.