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Beryl Bainbridge

  • ... no one had experiences any more, only traumas.

  • It is the generation of the unemphatic. Steal, kill, lie, fornicate, but beware of indulging with conviction.

  • The sun burnt on, drugging everything with warmth.

  • Moonlight lined the windowsills like a fall of snow.

  • ... nothing is so sad as the injustices of old age.

  • She had a curiously intense stare, like a greedy child waiting for sweets.

  • All her life she had found that when she went to a great deal of trouble, the results were never satisfactory; her greatest triumphs had been accidental.

  • Being constantly with the children was like wearing a pair of shoes that were expensive and too small. She couldn't bear to throw them out, but they gave her blisters.

  • Emotions weren't like washing. There was no call to peg them out for all the world to view.

  • There is nothing more guaranteed to reduce a man to the essentials than to live beneath the sky.

  • When passion is mutual, there is always the danger of the fire burning to ashes.

  • Women are programmed to love completely, and men are programmed to spread it around. We are fools to think it's any different.

    • Beryl Bainbridge,
    • in London Sunday Times ()
  • The older one becomes the quicker the present fades into sepia and the past looms up in glorious technicolor.

    • Beryl Bainbridge,
    • in The Observer ()
  • A man is two people, himself and his cock. A man always takes his friend to the party. Of the two, the friend is nicer, being able to show his feelings.

    • Beryl Bainbridge
  • Everything else you grow out of, but you never recover from childhood.

    • Beryl Bainbridge

Beryl Bainbridge, English writer

(1933 - 2010)