Quotes by: Maeve Binchy

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Maeve Binchy
Born Anne Maeve Binchy [1]
(1939-05-28)28 May 1939 [1]
Dalkey, Dublin, Ireland
Died 30 July 2012(2012-07-30) (aged 73)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Writer
Language English
Nationality Irish
Alma mater University College Dublin
Period 1978–2012
Genre Fiction, play, short story, travel writing
Literary movement Post-war Irish fiction
Notable works Deeply Regretted By...,
Circle of Friends,
Tara Road,
Scarlet Feather
Notable awards Jacob's Award
1978
British Book Award for Lifetime Achievement
1999
People of the Year Award
2000
W H Smith Book Award for Fiction
2001
Irish PEN/AT Cross Award
2007
Irish Book Award for Lifetime Achievement
2010
Spouse Gordon Snell (m. 1977–2012, her death)
Relatives William Binchy (brother)
D. A. Binchy (uncle)

I have always believed that life is too short for rows and disagreements. Even if I think I'm right, I would prefer to apologize and remain friends rather than win and be an enemy.
Maeve Binchy
My mother hoped I would meet a nice doctor or barrister or accountant who would marry me and take me to live in what is now called Fashionable Dublin Four. But she felt that this was a vain hope. I was a bit loud to make a nice professional wife, and anyway, I was too keen on spending my holidays in far flung places to meet any of these people.
Maeve Binchy
We're nothing if we're not loved. When you meet somebody who is more important to you than yourself, that has to be the most important thing.
Maeve Binchy
I've had a good life, full of more success and happiness than I ever expected.
Maeve Binchy
I wore miniskirts in the days when no fat girls should have, and with total delight.
Maeve Binchy
My mother was a trained nurse, and she'd tell me that patients would fight as they were administered anaesthetic, grappling to get the gas mask off their face.
Maeve Binchy
I grew up thinking it was wonderful to be big and strong and to be able to knock down other children in the playground if I needed to. But I never felt the need.
Maeve Binchy
When I was being brought up, we weren't allowed to wallow in self-pity, which was a thoroughly good thing. We were all fine and healthy because that was what we were told to be.
Maeve Binchy
I am much more understanding of people than I used to be when I was young - people were either villainous or wonderful. They were painted in very bright colours. The bad side of it - and there is a corollary to everything - is that when we get older, we fuss more. I used to despise people who fussed.
Maeve Binchy
As a memorial, I'd like a statue. Not of me, but a little modern statue, in marble or bronze, maybe of a bird, in a park where children could play and people going by could see it. On it, I'd just like it to say: 'Maeve Binchy, storyteller' and people could look at the name and remember that they'd seen it somewhere else.
Maeve Binchy
The most important thing to realise is that everyone is capable of telling a story. It doesn't matter where we were born or how we grew up.
Maeve Binchy
When my sister Joan arrived, I asked if I could swap her for a rabbit. When I think what a marvellous friend she's been, I'm so glad my parents didn't take me at my word.
Maeve Binchy
We have to make our own happiness, and we have to make our own decisions and play the hand that is dealt to us.
Maeve Binchy
I didn't have a sweet tooth, but I liked butter, and I liked sauces, and I liked wine... and curry... and cheeses.
Maeve Binchy
Of course I wanted children. Bright, gorgeous, loving children. I could almost see them.
Maeve Binchy
When I was teaching Latin in girls' schools before I became a writer, I didn't much like it if parents would come in and say, 'We'll have less of the Ovid and Virgil and more of the grammar, please.' After all, I was the one in charge. That's how I feel about doctors. You should trust them to do their job properly.
Maeve Binchy
I am not a member of Fat Liberation, nor do I think that obesity is healthy. But I do believe that in many ways my life has been a more charmed and happy one because I was always large.
Maeve Binchy
I have been luckier than anyone I know or even heard of. I had a very happy childhood, a good education, I enjoyed working as a teacher, journalist and author. I have loved a wonderful man for over 33 years, and I believe he loves me, too.
Maeve Binchy
Modern surgery has been like a miracle to those who thought the pain was going to go on forever.
Maeve Binchy
I once tried to write a novel about revenge. It's the only book I didn't finish. I couldn't get into the mind of the person who was plotting vengeance.
Maeve Binchy
I'm a great will maker. I've made my will every year since I was 21.
Maeve Binchy
I'm pleased to have outsold great writers. But I'm not insane - I realize I am a writer people buy to take on vacation.
Maeve Binchy
I was lucky enough to be fairly quick at understanding what was taught, but unlucky enough not to be really interested in it, so I always got my exams but never had the scholar's love of learning for its own sake.
Maeve Binchy
I once got a huge, expensive flower arrangement from a person I didn't like, who sent it out of pure guilt. It had a hideous bird-of-paradise in the middle, and I thought it would never fade and die. I hated it.
Maeve Binchy
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