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Jane Bowles

  • It is against my entire code, but then I have never begun to use my code, although I judge everything by it.

  • I think that anything you feel strange or nervous about, you weren't cut out to do.

  • ... she's coiled around her family and her house like a python ...

  • 'I've always been a body-worshipper,' said Mrs. Copperfield, 'but that doesn't mean that I fall in love with people who have beautiful bodies. Some of the bodies I've liked have been awful.'

  • ... the face of victory often resembles the face of defeat.

  • Victory fades so quickly that it is scarcely apparent and it is always the face of defeat that we are able to see.

  • Sisterly love is one of the few boons in this life.

    • Jane Bowles,
    • "A Quarreling Pair," The Collected Works of Jane Bowles ()
  • I am so wily and feminine that I could live by your side for a lifetime and deceive you afresh each day.

    • Jane Bowles,
    • letter to husband Paul, in Millicent Dillon, ed., Out in the World: Selected Letters of Jane Bowles 1935-1970 ()

Jane Bowles, U.S. writer

(1917 - 1973)

Full name: Jane Auer Bowles.