Inspirational Quotes from Emma Tennant

By | January 15, 2017

The fascination of somebody with original creative gifts is something that’s always drawn me. I get attached to them, but I can’t call it being in love, because the words are so debased.

Emma Tennant

I didn’t go to university; I hardly went to school, but I grew up among people well versed in Henry James and Proust, and just felt this endless, total inadequacy.

Emma Tennant

When my father died in Greece, leaving my mother strapped, a cheque arrived next day from my Greek publishers who’d just bought two of my books for pounds 500.

Emma Tennant

My life has really been about writing, though some think it’s all about once having been in a ball dress and having an odd life and marrying all the time. But it’s the writing that’s always been the point.

Emma Tennant

Like all women, I’ve had a pretty awful time in many ways, but it’s always possible to either make a joke or find someone else.

Emma Tennant

Quite a lot of people wanted me to write about my family, I suppose for fairly obvious reasons, and there was always something that would stop me, I thought they were asking me for the wrong motives.

Emma Tennant

I cannot remember a time when I was not interested in both gardening and painting. I must have been born with a trowel in one hand and a paintbrush in the other.

Emma Tennant

Because I am really interested in gardening, I do really interesting plants, not even always flowers. And because I have grown them, I really know them like friends. I paint everything from exotic orchids to rosehips growing wild in a hedge. They just have to speak to me.

Emma Tennant

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