Anita Brookner — English Historian born on July 16, 1938,

Anita Brookner, CBE is a British award-winning novelist and art historian. She was Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cambridge from 1967 to 1968 and was the first woman to hold this visiting professorship. She was awarded the 1984 Man Booker Prize for her novel Hotel du Lac... (wikipedia)

The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.
Life... is not simply a series of exciting new ventures. The future is not always a whole new ball game. There tends to be unfinished business. One trails all sorts of things around with one, things that simply won't be got rid of.
No blame should attach to telling the truth. But it does, it does.
Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has.
A complete woman is probably not a very admirable creature. She is manipulative, uses other people to get her own way, and works within whatever system she is in.