Quotes by Marian Keyes (Writer/Irish).

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People promise to stick with their spouse 'for richer or poorer' but it's the 'for poorer' part that causes the worry. The big shock is that the 'for richer' bit can also cause problems.
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I used to feel defensive when people would say, 'Yes, but your books have happy endings', as if that made them worthless, or unrealistic. Some people do get happy endings, even if it's only for a while. I would rather never be published again than write a downbeat ending.
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Here's how it is: I feel guilty about every single bite of food that goes into my mouth.
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Regardless of the gender of the highest wage earner, the balance of power in the relationship will suffer if the higher earner uses control of the purse strings as a system of reward and punishment. It will also suffer if the lower earner takes a chippy, haughty attitude to spending money they haven't actually generated themselves.
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Baking makes me focus. On weighing the sugar. On sieving the flour. I find it calming and rewarding because, in fairness, it is sort of magic - you start off with all this disparate stuff, such as butter and eggs, and what you end up with is so totally different. And also delicious.
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There's no doubt that relationships do suffer when circumstances change profoundly.
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Bizarrely, I actually feel safer the older I get, like people will expect less from me, and I can become more and more invisible, yet more and more eccentric.
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I've kind of realised life is meant to be tough and everybody is in psychic and spiritual discomfort of some sort and has a burden to carry. I've realised I'm not special.
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I've never made a secret of the fact that I'd have loved to have children.
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When you're a mass-market writer, people think that you can just decide 'this happens, this happens, this happens', whereas with literary writers it's coming from their soul and their core. But with me it does come from my soul and my core, and my soul and my core often go AWOL, and then I've nothing to write.
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My mother is the best storyteller. And her mother was too.
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As I get older the stars have gone from my eyes more, and I see that life is just something that has to be lived with, that it's better not to struggle.
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Love and kindness go hand in hand.
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I'm quite introverted but I'm not shy.
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I think denial's fascinating. It's a jokey word, but it really happens, and sometimes in enormous ways.
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Love is an emotion. It can't be seen or touched, and it is experienced differently by everyone, therefore it is difficult to measure.
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I know of people who don't believe it, but depression is an illness, but unlike, say, a broken leg, you don't know when it'll get better.
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Writing about feeling disconnected has enabled me to connect, and that has been the most lovely thing of all.
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My truth is that what doesn't kill you makes you weaker rather than stronger, although it makes you wiser.
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For feel-good fiction to work, there has to be an element of darkness.
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At 30 I thought my life was over. I thought I'd have made something of myself by then, that life would somehow have made the necessary arrangements - but actually I had nothing.
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Men can be men and still get excited about other men kicking a ball around and they're never mocked, whereas it's easy for women to take mocking on board, to be belittled. Because we're used to it.
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Do I mind being called a chick-lit writer? Well, it's not the worst thing that could happen.
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I'm not looking for pity, I'm really not, but I'm constantly uneasy and every day it is pretty much like getting up and going to war. Once I shift into the mindset of 'Yeah, you're alive. It's tough. Let's do what we can today,' it's easier.
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Some think love can be measured by the amount of butterflies in their tummy. Others think love can be measured in bunches of flowers, or by using the words 'for ever.' But love can only truly be measured by actions. It can be a small thing, such as peeling an orange for a person you love because you know they don't like doing it.
• Marian Keyes

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