Penelope Lively Quotes

Penelope Lively Quotes: I do like to embed a fictional character firmly in an occupation.
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Penelope Lively Quote: I believe that the experience of childhood is irretrievable. All that remains, for any of us, is a headful of brilliant frozen moments, already dangerously distorted by the wisdoms of maturity.
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Quotes about Penelope Lively: The idea that memory is linear is nonsense. What we have in our heads is a collection of frames. As to time itself-can it be linear when all these snatches of other presents exist at once in your mind? A very elusive and tricky concept, time.
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Quote about Penelope Lively: There's a preoccupation with memory and the operation of memory and a rather rapacious interest in history.
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Penelope Lively Sayings: But who knows their own child? You know bits - certain predictable reactions, a handful of familiar qualities. The rest is impenetrable. And quite right too. You give birth to them. You do not design them.
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Penelope Lively Saying: 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.
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Sayings about Penelope Lively: I have had to empty two family homes during the last few years - first, the house that had been my grandmothers since 1923, and then my own country home, which we had lived in for over twenty years.
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Saying about Penelope Lively: There's a fearful term that's in fashion at the moment - closure. People apparently believe it is desirable and attainable.
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Penelope Lively Quotes: We open our mouths and out flow words whose ancestries we do not even know. We are walking lexicons. In a single sentence of idle chatter we preserve Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Norse: we carry a museum inside our heads, each day we commemorate peoples of whom we have never heard.
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Penelope Lively Quote: I've always been fascinated by the operation of memory - the way in which it is not linear but fragmented, and its ambivalence.
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