Anthony Powell quotes

  • Writing is a combination of intangible creative fantasy and appallingly hard work.
    -- Anthony Powell

    #Hard Work #Writing #Creative

  • I get a warm feeling among my books.
    -- Anthony Powell

    #Book #Feelings

  • Literature illuminates life only for those to whom books are a necessity.
    -- Anthony Powell

    #Book #Literature

  • It is not what happens to people that is significant, but what they think happens to them.
    -- Anthony Powell

    #Thinking #People #Significant

  • 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.
    -- Anthony Powell

    #Book #Literature #Facts

  • Books do furnish a room.
    -- Anthony Powell

    #Book #Reading #Rooms

  • 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.
    -- Anthony Powell

    #Nice #People #Nasty

  • 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.
    -- Anthony Powell

    #Thinking #People #Biographies

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

    #Children #Disappointment #Years

  • 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

    #Hate #Creating #Air

  • 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.
    -- Anthony Powell

    #Knowing #People #Important

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

    #Want #Pleasure #Given

  • 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.
    -- Anthony Powell

    #Life #Everyday #Serious