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Edna O'Brien Quotes





Countries are either mothers or fathers, and engender the emotional bristle secretly reserved for either sire.
 

I am obsessive, also I am industrious. Besides, the time when you are most alive and most aware is in childhood and one is trying to recapture that heightened awareness.
 

I have some women friends but I prefer men. Don't trust women. There is a built-in competition between women.
 

I'm an Irish Catholic and I have a long iceberg of guilt.
 

In a way, winter is the real spring, the time when the inner things happen, the resurge of nature.
 

In every question and every remark tossed back and forth between lovers who have not played out the last fugue, there is one question and it is this: 'Is there someone new?'
 

My hand does the work and I don't have to think; in fact, were I to think, it would stop the flow. It's like a dam in the brain that bursts.
 

Recollection is not something that I can summon up, it simply comes and I am the servant of it.
 

The vote means nothing to women. We should be armed.
 

When something has been perfect, there is a tendency to try hard to repeat it.
[Perfection]
 

Writers really live in the mind and in hotels of the soul.
 

Writing is like carrying a fetus.