Anthony Powell was born 21 December 1905, and died 28 March 2000
- Writing is a combination of intangible creative fantasy and appallingly hard work.
- 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.
- Parents are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don’t fulfil the promise of their early years.
- Books do furnish a room.
- Growing old is like being increasingly penalised for a crime you haven’t committed.
- It is not what happens to people that is significant, but what they think happens to them.
- The latter’s boast that he had never read a book for pleasure in his life did not predispose me in his favour.
- Literature illuminates life only for those to whom books are a necessity.
- Few persons who have ever sat for a portrait can have felt anything but inferior while the process is going on.
- I get a warm feeling among my books.
Anthony Powell was an English novelist. He is best known for his twelve-volume work A Dance to the Music of Time, published between 1951 and 1975. His work has remained in print and been the subject of TV and radio dramatisations.
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