Penelope Lively short quotes

I'm intrigued by the way in which physical appearance can often direct a person's life; things happen differently for a beautiful woman than for a plain one. ---->>>

Getting to know someone else involves curiosity about where they have come from, who they are. ---->>>

We make choices but are constantly foiled by happenstance. ---->>>

Equally, we require a collective past - hence the endless reinterpretations of history, frequently to suit the perceptions of the present. ---->>>

The Photograph is concerned with the power that the past has to interfere with the present: the time bomb in the cupboard. ---->>>

We all need a past - that's where our sense of identity comes from. ---->>>

It seems to me that everything that happens to us is a disconcerting mix of choice and contingency. ---->>>

We read Greek and Norse mythology until it came out of our ears. And the Bible. ---->>>

I didn't think I had anything particular to say, but I thought I might have something to say to children. ---->>>

The consideration of change over the century is about loss, though I think that social change is gain rather than loss. ---->>>

You learn a lot, writing fiction. ---->>>

Deep down I have this atavistic feeling that really I should be in the country. ---->>>

I've always been fascinated by the operation of memory - the way in which it is not linear but fragmented, and its ambivalence. ---->>>

It was a combination of an intense interest in children's literature, which I've always had, and the feeling that I'd just have a go and see if I could do it. ---->>>

There's a preoccupation with memory and the operation of memory and a rather rapacious interest in history. ---->>>

I'm now an agnostic but I grew up on the King James version, which I'm eternally grateful for. ---->>>

The present hardly exists, after all-it becomes the past even as it happens. A tricky medium, time - and central to the concerns of fiction. ---->>>

Every novel generates its own climate, when you get going. ---->>>

I rather like getting away from fiction. ---->>>

I didn't want it to be a book that made pronouncements. ---->>>

I didn't write anything until I was well over 30. ---->>>

I do like to embed a fictional character firmly in an occupation. ---->>>

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