Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has.
It will be a pity if women in the more conventional mould are to be phased out, for there will never be anyone to go home to.
Like many rich men, he thought in anecdotes; like many simple women, she thought in terms of biography.
Women have come a long way, of course: we can all be left alone at night now. But sometimes it seems a high price to pay. We can also open the door cheerfully to strangers at any hour, deal with obscene telephone calls and mend fuses.
There are moments when you feel free, moments when you have energy, moments when you have hope, but you can't rely on any of these things to see you through. Circumstances do that.
All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don't win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold.
Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence - a lot passes you by - simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.