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By Anonym 17 Sep

Anthony Powell

Mrs. Dadds, who was telling a story about her chilblains, brought her narrative to a more or less satisfactory conclusion and paused to regain her breath.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Powell

An exceedingly well-informed report,' said the General. 'You have given yourself the trouble to go into matters thoroughly, I see. That is one of the secrets of success in life.

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 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 17 Sep

Anthony Powell

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.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Anthony Powell

What a shabby lot of highbrows have turned out tonight," he said, when he saw us. "It makes me ashamed to be one.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anthony Powell

On the stage . . . masks are assumed with some regard to procedure; in everyday life, the participants act their parts without consideration either for suitability of scene or for the words spoken by the rest of the cast: the result is a general tendency for things to be brought to the level of farce even when the theme is serious enough.

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 14 Sep

Anthony Powell

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Powell

He continually thought of Lucy. But he did not think anything definite about her. He merely thought of her.

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 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 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 20 Sep

Anthony Powell

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

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 19 Sep

Anthony Powell

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Powell

He [Widmerpool] moistened his lips, though scarcely perceptibly. I thought his mixture of secretiveness and curiosity quite intolerable.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anthony Powell

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

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 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

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 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.

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 17 Sep

Anthony Powell

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Powell

Books do furnish a room.

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 14 Sep

Anthony Powell

Self-love seems so often unrequited.

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 17 Sep

Anthony Powell

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anthony Powell

I get a warm feeling among my books.

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 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 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 18 Sep

Anthony Powell

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Powell

For some reason Canon Fenneau made me feel a little uneasy. His voice might be soft, it was also coercive. He had small eyes, a large loose mouth, the lips thick, a somewhat receding chin. The eyes were the main feature. They were unusual eyes, not only almost unnaturally small, but vague, moist, dreamy, the eyes of a medium. His cherubic side, increased by a long slightly uptilted nose, was a little too good to be true, with eyes like that. In the manner in which he gave you all his attention there was a taste for mastery.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Powell

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

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Powell

In an inexplicable way he was quite different from anyone else....He was smallish, neat, solidly built....Possibly he was a man who at once became self-conscious before a camera. Even snapshots tend to give him an air of swagger, a kind of cockiness he did not possess at all. [On. F. Scott Fitzgerald]

By Anonym 17 Sep

Anthony Powell

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

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 19 Sep

Anthony Powell

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

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 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 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 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 19 Sep

Anthony Powell

To arrive was to die a little.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Anthony Powell

Some of the best of us are quite unambitious.

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 16 Sep

Anthony Powell

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.

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.