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Elizabeth Bibesco

  • To some people the impossible is impossible.

  • ... he is invariably in a hurry — being in a hurry is one of the tributes he pays to life ...

  • Friendship is a difficult, dangerous job. It is also (though we rarely admit it) extremely exhausting.

  • Talk about the joys of the unexpected, can they compare with the joys of the expected, of finding everything delightfully and competely what you knew it was going to be?

  • Happiness is the moment when you cease to make an inventory of joys; it is a glow, a brightness — never a list ...

  • Reticences are as revealing as avowals.

  • Influencing people ... is so dangerous. Their acts and thoughts become your illegitimate children. You can't get away from them and Heaven knows what they mayn't grow up into.

  • Entertaining is one method of avoiding people. It is very often the negation of hospitality.

  • Such a perfect lady! She never raises her voice, she never fidgets, she never contradicts, she never gets untidy.

  • Temptations make one very censorious. If you are virtuous you condemn the wicked and if you are wicked, you condemn the virtuous.

  • A hush had settled like a moth on the day.

  • ... it is sometimes the man who opens the door who is the last to enter the room.

  • It is never any good dwelling on good-byes. It is not the being together that it prolongs, it is the parting.

  • Why do other people rob you with their understanding, stealing your discoveries and your guesses, invading the special domain of your insight?

  • Ned was sowing his wild oats. 'Poetry,' she whispered, filling the word with night-club implications.

  • Are there any punishments in life but our joys turned against us?

  • Seeing through is rarely seeing into.

  • Free love is sometimes love but never freedom.

  • Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.

  • Endurance is frequently a form of indecision.

    • Elizabeth Bibesco
  • We learn nothing by being right.

  • The austere principles of tact tell the tongue to keep away from the aching thought.

Elizabeth Bibesco, English-born Rumanian poet, writer

(1897 - 1945)

Full name: Princess Elizabeth Asquith Bibesco.