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“Cats always made up to the people who hated them the most. Depending on how you chose to look at it, it was a touching manifestation of trust, or a malicious pleasure in human discomfort.”
“[Georgia] did not invite them in, explaining that it was time for her to start her serious drinking, an activity that required privacy and concentration.”
“Spring is always cruel, with its false promise of resurrection ...”
“He had his own door and often brought friends to lunch, for he was a gregarious soul, in a perfectly Platonic way.”
“Francesca's expression was that of a woman who has been offered a dish of pickled mice ...”
“Money was the manure of politics ...”
“Reputations are shaped not by facts but by prejudices.”
“Cats always pick the laps of the people who don't like them.”
“Conventional history completely ignores half the human race.”
Barbara Michaels, U.S. egyptologist, writer
Real name: Barbara Louise Gross Mertz. She also wrote, equally successfully, as Elizabeth Peters (see also quotations under that name).