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Mary McMullen

  • Love is recognition, perhaps the highest form of it. You.

  • Sanity is sometimes a matter of going on, outwardly, as if everything is all right.

  • Take the goods the gods provide, and don't stand and sulk when they are snatched away.

  • I've gotten to the place where I find life too short for if-only.

  • ... you can pack a bag and take a plane somewhere, anywhere, and when you get there and open the bag — lying right on top will be whatever you're running away from. The very first thing you'll have to unpack ...

  • ... it requires a great deal more generosity to take than to give.

  • People tend to believe accusations more than denials.

  • ... that darkest of syllables, death.

  • ... the eternal ranchouse [was] given extra length by the two-car garage facing the street (this always reminded Justin, architecturally speaking, of bare buttocks presented to one's face).

Mary McMullen, U.S. writer

(1920 - 1986)

Real name: Mary Reilly Wilson. This popular mystery writer’s mother was popular mystery writer Helen Reilly and her sister was popular mystery writer Ursula Curtiss.