Best Quotes by Edna O'Brien (Top 10)

  1. When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.
  2. We all leave one another. We die, we change - it's mostly change - we outgrow our best friends; but even if I do leave you, I will have passed on to you something of myself; you will be a different person because of knowing me; it's inescapable...
  3. Love . . . is like nature, but in reverse; first it fruits, then it flowers, then it seems to wither, then it goes deep, deep down into its burrow, where no one sees it, where it is lost from sight, and ultimately people die with that secret buried inside their souls.
  4. The vote means nothing to women. We should be armed.
  5. ...people liking you or not liking you is an accident and is to do with them and not you. That goes for love too, only more so.
  6. I'm an Irish Catholic and I have a long iceberg of guilt.
  7. Books everywhere. On the shelves and on the small space above the rows of books and all along the floor and under chairs, books that I have read, books that I have not read.
  8. In a way Winter is the real Spring - the time when the inner things happen, the resurgence of nature.
  9. Sometimes one word can recall a whole span of life.
  10. I crossed the room, and what you did was to feel my hair over and over again and in different ways, touch it, with the palm of your hand... felt it, strands of hair, with your fingers, touched it as if it were cloth, the way a child touches its favorite surfaces."

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