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#1. Harriet was silent, thinking, and then she said, "It is too hard to be a person. You don't only have to go on and on. You have to be
" she looked for the word she needed and could not find it. Then, "You have to be tall as well," said Harriet. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#2. Every piece of writing ... starts from what I call a grit ... a sight or sound, a sentence or a happening that does not pass away ... but quite inexplicably lodges in the mind. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#3. Cleverness is a disease. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#4. If you think you know, you don't ask questions, or if you ask, you don't listen to the answers. Everyone, everything, each thing, is different, so that it isn't safe to know. You - you have to grope. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#5. One of the good things about a Catholic church is that it isn't respectable," she had told Richard. "You can find anyone in it, from duchesses to whores, from tramps to kings. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#6. I wish I knew when I was going to die,' ninety-six-year-old Dame Frances Anne often said, 'I wish I knew.'
'Why, Dame?'
'Then I should know what to read next. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#7. Sometimes,' she said, remembering that morning, 'I write poems that are taller than I am - Author: Rumer Godden
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#8. Drink very good tea out of a thin Wocester cup of colour between apricot and pink ... - Author: Rumer Godden
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#9. Every time a child, any child, is born, it is new - and different; that is the wonder. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#10. It's only by being obstinate that anything is got, or done. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#11. Eliot always said, "I'm sorry. I had to do that." If you are all right really, really all right, you don't do things that are sorry. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#12. You have to be very strong to live close to God or a mountain, or you'll turn a little mad. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#13. He had always disliked what he could easily have; he had a passion for the untouched. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#14. The human heart
Is unknowable.
But in my birthplace
The flowers still smell
The same as always. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#15. I don't know if I believe in God, but I know I believe in the devil. I have met him. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#16. As one gets older being sad and miserable can become a bit of a habit. To counteract this, she suggests making a point of savoring such things as the tastiness of a piece of fruit, or other small things we might have been prone to overlook during our younger, busier days. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#17. Nabir came out to drive the children away, but she stopped him. "I like to be friendly she said."
"But they are not your friends," said Nabir. "You don't know them."
"Respect first," Nabir would have said if he could have explained, "friendship after. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#18. Sometimes it seemed to him that the house had a bad wild life of its own; the impression of its evil lingered, in its name, in its atmosphere ... - Author: Rumer Godden
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#19. There is an Indian proverb that says that everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emtional, and a spiritual . Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#20. When you learn to read you will be born again ... and you will never be quite so alone again. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#21. In California I began to think that, except on the beaches, no-one had the use of their legs. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#22. So many grown-up people seem to be nothing very much. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#23. When one came to know them it was surprising how childish grown people could be. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#24. It is an anxious, sometimes a dangerous thing to be a doll. Dolls cannot choose; they can only be chosen; they cannot 'do'; they can only be done by. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#25. With everything that happens to you, with everyone you meet who is important to you, you either die a little or are born. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#26. You are born, you are a he or a she, and you live until you die ... Willy-nilly. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#27. Once you have felt the Indian dust, you will never be free of it. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#28. I loved Mr. Darcy far more than any of my own husbands. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#29. Of course one never knows in draft if it's going to turn out, even with my age and experience. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#30. For an author nothing is as dead as a book once it is written. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#31. Is it easier to be than to do? - Author: Rumer Godden
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#32. The motto was 'Pax', but the word was set in a circle of thorns. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#33. You can be a nuisance to your family. You mustn't be a nuisance to your friends. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#34. You must remember garden catalogues are as big liars as house-agents. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#35. People don't know the consolations of being unsuccessful ... If I had been successful I should have had no peace or time. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#36. If you love the wrong people it's still love, isn't it, no matter what kind of love ... - Author: Rumer Godden
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#37. The stitch of a book is its words. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#38. A writer who has never explored words, who has never searched, seeded, sieved, sifted through his knowledge and memory ... dictiona ries, thesaurus, poems, favorite paragraphs, to find the right word, is like someone owning a gold mine who has never mined it. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#39. To me and my kind life itself is a story and we have to tell it in stories - that is the way it falls. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#40. If books were Persian carpets, one would not look only at the outer side. because it is the stitch that makes a carpet wear, gives it its life and bloom. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#41. Most grown people are like icebergs, three-tenths showing, seven-tenths submerged - that is why a collision with one of them is unexpectedly hurtful ... - Author: Rumer Godden
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#42. Memory is the only friend of grief. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#43. I know now it is children who accept life; grown people cover it up and pretend it is different with drinks. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#44. Wanting is the beginning of getting. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#45. For a dyed-in-the-wool author, nothing is as dead as a book once it is written. She is rather like a cat whose kittens have grown up. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#46. Harriet told her, 'Captain John was so brave. He stayed there in the battle until his leg was shot off.' Victoria's brown eyes rested thoughtfully on Captain John. Why didn't he stay until the other leg was shot off?' she asked. But he still seemed to like Victoria best. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#47. A garden isn't meant to be useful. It's for joy.
Rumer Godden found in Power of Simple Living by Ellyn Sanna - Author: Rumer Godden
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#48. When I was a child I remember days that stretched into infinity with the certainty of other infinite days; certain, unhurried and brimmingly full. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#49. We would rather not play with you," said Anne.
"Because you're a little rotter," said Tom. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#50. The best would be to have friends who came and went away; but if I had to choose between their never coming or never going away, I think I would choose that they do not come. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#51. To wake for the first time in a new place can be like another birth. - Author: Rumer Godden
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#52. remember that people need only be told as much of the truth as they are entitled to know, - Author: Rumer Godden
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#53. Funny,' said Harriet to herself. 'The world goes on turning, and it has all these troubles in it. - Author: Rumer Godden
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