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Anita Brookner Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Anita Brookner.

Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.
- Anita Brookner

Great writers are the saints for the godless.
- Anita Brookner

No blame should attach to telling the truth.
But it does, it does.
- Anita Brookner

A man of such obvious and exemplary charm must be a liar.
- Anita Brookner

 

Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has.
- Anita Brookner

Old men should have more care to end life well than to live long.
- Anita Brookner

In real life, of course, it is the hare that wins.
Every time.
Look around you.
- Anita Brookner

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Existentialism is about being a saint without God;
being your own hero,
without all the sanction and support of religion or society.
- Anita Brookner

You have no idea how promising the world begins to
look once you have decided to have it all for yourself.
And how much healthier your decisions are once they become entirely selfish.
- Anita Brookner

All good fortune is a gift of the gods,
and you don't win the favor of the ancient gods by being good,
but by being bold.
- Anita Brookner

There are moments when you feel free,
moments when you have energy, moments when you have hope,
but you can't rely on any of these things to see you through.
Circumstances do that.
- Anita Brookner

In real life, it is the hare who wins.
Every time.
Look around you.
And in any case it is my contention that Aesop was
writing for the tortoise market.
Hares have no time to read.
They are too busy winning the game.
- Anita Brookner

It is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market.
hares have no time to read.
- Anita Brookner

The lessons taught in great books are misleading.
The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.
- Anita Brookner

You can never betray the people who are dead,
so you go on being a public Jew; the dead can't answer slurs,
but I'm here.
I would love to think that Jesus wants me for a sunbeam,
but he doesn't.
- Anita Brookner

A complete woman is probably not a very admirable creature.
She is manipulative, uses other people to get her own way,
and works within whatever system she is in.
- Anita Brookner

Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive.
Bad women never take the blame for anything.
- Anita Brookner

Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence -
a lot passes you by -
simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.
- Anita Brookner

The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning,
after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.
- Anita Brookner

Like many rich men, he thought in anecdotes;
like many simple women,
she thought in terms of biography.
- Anita Brookner

It will be a pity if women in the more conventional
mould are to be phased out,
for there will never be anyone to go home to.
- Anita Brookner

Life...
is not simply a series of exciting new ventures.
The future is not always a whole new ball game.
There tends to be unfinished business.
One trails all sorts of things around with one,
things that simply won't be got rid of.
- Anita Brookner

Real love is a pilgrimage.
It happens when there is no strategy,
but it is very rare because most people are strategists.
- Anita Brookner

What is interesting about self-analysis is that it leads nowhere -
it is an art form in itself.
- Anita Brookner

You never know what you will learn till you start writing.
Then you discover truths you never knew existed.
- Anita Brookner

A local company has more accountability.
- Paul Hawken

In addition to demanding answers and accountability
from the Veterans Administration,
Congress had to act to ensure veterans do not suffer
because of the actions of a federal agency.
- Doc Hastings

It's time for these people to have accountability for what is being done.
- Sonny Landham

Now where people are - at least the people I talk to -
they are focused on issues of trust.
Accountability also comes up, to make sure that this doesn't happen again.
- William P. Leahy

What we are missing, utterly and completely,
in this government is accountability.
- Paul Hawken

It does not matter what party you are a member of in
this great Nation of ours.
Accountability and competence are characteristics that
Americans value throughout our great land.
- Jim Costa

There is no accountability in soft money.
None.
- Zack Wamp

I feel an independent accountability commission should
audit all government services.
- Imran Khan

When it comes to privacy and accountability,
people always demand the former for themselves and
the latter for everyone else.
- David Brin

While I do commend the Administration on its commitment
and focus on high school reform,
I believe that we must focus on graduation as the key accountability measure.
- Ruben Hinojosa

In our recovery package we put new standards of accountability and transparency,
which we hope will now apply.
- Nancy Pelosi

The taxpayers deserve accountability.
- Byron Dorgan

Great companies have high cultures of accountability,
it comes with this culture of criticism I was talking about before,
and I think our culture is strong on that.
- Steve Ballmer

Again, the truth of the matter is we haven't paid that
much attention to high school accountability.
- Margaret Spellings

I'll continue to fight for school choice and home schooling.
Do I believe in accountability? You bet I do.
- Charlie Crist

There's accountability in the mutual fund industry.
And they've been tremendous engines of wealth for people
and they're going to continue to be so.
- Jim Cramer

We need, first of all, for there to be accountability,
for there to be somebody who is responsible for enforcing
standards and holding people's feet to the fire.
- Jennifer Granholm

We must perfect a worldwide system of accountability for nuclear,
biological and chemical weapons.
- Richard Lugar

Tax breaks can serve a vital role in keeping and bringing jobs to our state;
however,
without accountability, they are little more than loopholes at taxpayers' expense.
- Jeanne Kohl-Welles

Acknowledgment of torture is not accountability for it.
- Yousef Munayyer

It was accountability that Nixon feared.
- Bob Woodward

Using these unnamed sources, if done properly,
carefully and fairly, provides more accountability in government.
- Bob Woodward

Restoring responsibility and accountability is essential
to the economic and fiscal health of our nation.
- Carl Levin

Of everyone else who was running, and there were some very talented people,
none of them had anywhere near the experience I had in hiring people,
holding them accountable, creating systems for accountability.
- John Hickenlooper

Republicans are pushing legislation forward that will
improve the effectiveness of and bring more accountability to U.S.
foreign assistance around the world and bring democracy
even further into the light.
- Virginia Foxx

It is a very unusual sector and the one thing I would
ask of them is to understand that for most of them
one-third of their films are being financed by the
taxpayer and that carries huge accountability and responsibility.
- Estelle Morris

But in this Congress, accountability is just a catch phrase,
usually directed elsewhere.
Demands to personal responsibility or corporate accountability abound,
but rarely congressional accountability or fiscal responsibility.
- Melissa Bean

Another cause for the increase in alienation and cynicism
is a feeling that too many policy decisions that affect
individuals have been taken out of any system that
has accountability or that they can influence.
- Robert Teeter

We won the war, but we are losing the occupation and reconstruction of Iraq.
It is past time for a new approach, one that relies on accountability,
responsibility, and phasing down the scope of our military commitment.
- Earl Blumenauer

'No Child Left Behind' requires states and school districts
to ensure that all students are learning and are reaching their highest potential.
Special education students should not be left out of
these accountability mechanisms.
- Dianne Feinstein

If we want to truly regain the public's trust,
we can provide greater accountability and transparency with a simple step.
Let's start by communicating to our constituents about the votes we take.
- Melissa Bean

For years now I have been talking about personal responsibility and accountability,
both in our private lives and in the halls of government.
Those are important principles here in Idaho,
and they will form the basis of this administration.
- Butch Otter

Greater personal choice, individually tailored services,
stronger local accountability, greater efficiency -
these are all central to the new direction of travel
we have set for our public services.
- John Hutton

In the last analysis, of course, an oath will encourage
fidelity in office only to the degree that officeholders
continue to believe that they cannot escape ultimate
accountability for a breach of faith.
- James L. Buckley

You see so many artists who are so talented end up living sad,
empty lives.
This industry takes so much out of you that without
the accountability and leaving God in the center,
you can be left so empty and void.
- Stacie Orrico

I call on the international community to be fair to the Iraqi people.
My position is that we respect international resolutions
but in return demand justice and accountability for
those who stole Iraq's money.
- Ahmed Chalabi

It should be pursued as in the presence of God,
and under the solemn sanctions created by a lively
sense of his omniscience,
and of our accountability to him for the right use
of the faculties which he has bestowed.
- Simon Greenleaf

We should insist that governments receiving American
aid live up to standards of accountability and transparency,
and we should support countries that embrace market reforms,
democracy, and the rule of law.
- Lee H. Hamilton

Honesty, integrity, and accountability,
the values, which should be the hallmark of this government,
have instead been thrown under the bus by an arrogant majority,
casualties in a misguided campaign to shield from accountability
those who abuse this House.
- Louise Slaughter

However, as a parent, as a grandparent,
as a former educator, I know that these practices alone
when we are dealing with young children are insufficient.
We will never control this rising epidemic without
greater accountability from the food industry.
- Bob Filner

I also do not like the idea of soft money,
these issue ads - people don't know where the money is coming from,
millions and millions of dollars outside of the control of a candidate -
there's no accountability.
- Scott McCallum

I have observed private and proprietary colleges,
like the University of Phoenix, and the market they serve.
And I found it intriguing the way in which they are
trying to deliver the product,
with more accountability, for a price.
- Roy Romer

Local innovation and initiative can help us better
understand how to protect our environment.
- Gale Norton

People essentially like local news better than network news.
- Roone Arledge

In the Gulf region and nationwide, small businesses
are an integral and crucial part of local economies and communities.
They should not be overlooked.
- Dan Lipinski

Since most of the transmission is sexual transmission,
you have a regional or local response to the virus.
- Luc Montagnier


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