I don't have ugly ducklings turning into swans in my stories. I have ugly ducklings turning into confident ducks.

— Maeve Binchy

The most craziest Maeve Binchy quotes that will be huge advantage for your personal development

I try to make my characters kind of ordinary, somebody that anybody could be.

Because we've all had loves, perhaps love and loss, people can relate to my characters.

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Success is not like a cake that needs to be divided.

It's more like a heap of stones - a cairn. If someone is successful, they add a stone to the cairn. It gets very high and can be seen from all over the world. That's how I see it.

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I'm an escapist kind of writer.

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Women who start out as ugly ducklings don't become beautiful swans.

What they mainly become is confident ducks. They take charge of their lives.

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Always write as if you are talking to someone.

It works. Don't put on any fancy phrases or accents or things you wouldn't say in real life.

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We are all the heroes and heroines of our own lives.

Our love stories are amazingly romantic; our losses and betrayals and disappointments are gigantic in our own minds.

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Happiness is in our own hearts. I have no regrets of anything in the past. I'm totally cheerful and happy, and I think that a lot of your attitude is not in the circumstances you find yourself in, but in the circumstances you make for yourself.

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My father went to work by train every day.

It was half an hour's journey each way, and he would read a paperback in four journeys. After supper, we all sat down to read - it was long before TV, remember!

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I don't think you're happier if you're thin or beautiful or rich or married.

You have to make your own happiness. My heroines do not become beautiful elegant swans, they become confident ducks and get on with life.

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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.

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I had a very happy childhood, which is unsuitable if you're going to be an Irish writer.

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I look placid, you see, that's why people think I'm fine. Inside I worry a lot.

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About Maeve Binchy

Quotes 78 sayings
Nationality Irish
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

I'm getting better, happier, and nicer as I grow older, so I would be terrific in a couple of hundred years time.

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I have no idea whether what I write will be of the remotest interest to anyone else. Some mornings when I read what I wrote the previous day I think it's fairly entertaining; other times I think it's pure rubbish. The main thing is not to take any notice, not to be elated or upset, just keep going.

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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.

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When I was younger, I avoided exercise or anything strenuous.

I didn't even enjoy walking. As I got older, I spent so much time marking books or sitting at a desk writing that there was no room for exercise - not that I would have bothered anyway.

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I didn't have a sweet tooth, but I liked butter, and I liked sauces, and I liked wine and curry and cheeses.

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I discovered that men were just like everyone else, really.

They liked you if you were good-tempered and easy to talk to. And being a big girl meant other females trusted you more and confided in you.

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I believed that old people never laughed.

I thought they sighed a lot and groaned. They walked with sticks, and they didn't like children on bicycles or roller skates or with big dogs.

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On the first day of school, my father told me I'd be the most popular girl and everyone would love me and want to be my friend. It wasn't so, but it gave me an enormous amount of confidence.

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After my hip operation, I had to cut out butter, which I loved, and salt.

I no longer eat desserts with lots of cream, and I've cut right back on alcohol.

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You can't lay down laws for what people think and hope.

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I think I was dealt a good hand. I have happy genes.

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I was the big, bossy older sister, full of enthusiasms, mad fantasies, desperate urges to be famous, and anxious to be a saint - a settled sort of saint, not one who might have to suffer or die for her faith.

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I've had a good life, full of more success and happiness than I ever expected.

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I'm mainly an airport author, and if you're trying to take your mind off the journey, you're not going to read 'King Lear.'

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I never wanted to write. I just wrote letters home from a kibbutz in Israel to reassure my parents that I was still alive and well fed and having a great time. They thought these letters were brilliant and sent them to a newspaper. So I became a writer by accident.

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If you woke up each morning, and immediately dwelt on your ills, what sort of a day could you look forward to?

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The great thing about getting older is that you become more mellow.

Things aren't as black and white, and you become much more tolerant. You can see the good in things much more easily rather than getting enraged as you used to do when you were young.

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I'm a great will maker. I've made my will every year since I was 21.

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If you don't go to a dance you can never be rejected but you'll never get to dance either.

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If I had my life to live all over again, I really think I would have been a fit person. Looking around me, I realise that the men and women who walked and ran and swam and played sport look better and feel better than the rest of us.

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I'm particularly fond of boned chicken breasts with a little garlic under the flesh and cooked in a casserole for 40 minutes with a jar of olives, some cherry tomatoes and a spoonful of olive oil.

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Nobody is ordinary if you know where to look.

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Never mind money; the gifts of time and skill call into being the richest marketplace in the world.

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Of course I wanted children. Bright, gorgeous, loving children. I could almost see them.

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The biggest influence on my books was the fact that I had worked in a newspaper for so long. In a daily paper, you learn to write very quickly; there is no time to sit and brood about what you are going to say.

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I love thriller writers. My favourites are Harlan Coban, Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Kathy Reichs and Ed McBain.

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I do try to live every day as if it were my last, and it has worked for me so far.

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I have an irregular heartbeat, so that means a fair amount of medication - and I have blood pressure pills, too, but no vitamins or supplements.

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You say to yourself: 'What could people, in all these countries, find in my books?' and yet I think we're all the same, anywhere. Everybody is a hero or a dramatic person in their own story if you just know where to look.

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I didn't get excited by weight loss, and since I was already happy being fat, I couldn't see the point of it all. I'm 6 ft. and weigh about 18 st. or 19 st., but weighing myself is not something I do with much pleasure.

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Money doesn't make you happy, but it gives a zone of comfort around you.

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Everybody is a hero in their own story if you just look.

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We have to make our own happiness, and we have to make our own decisions and play the hand that is dealt to us.

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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.

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I thought it must be desperate to be old.

To wake up in the morning and remember that you were ancient - and so behave that way. I thought old people were full of aches and pains and horrible illnesses.

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I have been lucky enough to travel a lot, meet great people in many lands.

I have liked almost everyone I met along the way.

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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.

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