• There is, after all, no pleasure like that given by a woman who really wants to see you

    Anthony Powell
  • Later in life, I learnt that many things one may require have to be weighed against one's dignity, which can be an insuperable barrier against advancement in almost any direction. However, in those days, choice between dignity and unsatisfied curiosity was less clear to me as a cruel decision that had to be made

    Anthony Powell
  • An exceedingly well-informed report,' said the General. 'You have given yourself the trouble to go into matters thoroughly, I see. That is one of the secrets of success in life

    Anthony Powell
  • The potential biographies of those who die young possess the mystic dignity of a headless statue, the poetry of enigmatic passages in an unfinished or mutilated manuscript, unburdened with contrived or banal endings

    Anthony Powell
  • Only an atmosphere of quiet hard work and dull, serious conversation were appropriate to him

    Anthony Powell
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