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Anthony Gilbert

"Rolfe was one of those men who were, to all intents and purposes, slain in the war; but most unhappily the flesh had survived."

Anthony Gilbert, The Night of the Fog (1930)

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" It's never been my experience that men part with life any more readily at eighty than they do at eighteen."

Anthony Gilbert, The Mouse Who Wouldn't Play Ball (1943)

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" ... ignorance, if not bliss, often saves a good deal of time ..."

Anthony Gilbert, The Mouse Who Wouldn't Play Ball (1943)

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"Life was no more than a boarding-house where one stayed too short a time to bother much if the hot water system didn't work very well or the beds were lumpy."

Anthony Gilbert, The Mouse Who Wouldn't Play Ball (1943)

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" ... second-hand impressions are no more to be trusted than second-hand clothes."

Anthony Gilbert, The Mouse Who Wouldn't Play Ball (1943)

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"Caution and Conscience were the great twin brethren in his book of life, and the two warred perpetually the one against the other, so that there were premature lines round his eyes, and his mouth never dared smile for fear it gave birth to hopes that would not later be realized."

Anthony Gilbert, A Spy for Mister Crook (1944)

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"It wasn't so much that he'd smothered his conscience as that he couldn't spell the word."

Anthony Gilbert, A Spy for Mister Crook (1944)

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"People said they wanted the truth, but what they really wanted was the segment of truth that would frank them. The whole truth was too terrible for most people to contemplate."

Anthony Gilbert, A Spy for Mister Crook (1944)

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"Silence can be so much more eloquent than speech."

Anthony Gilbert, He Came by Night (1945)

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" ... truth, in case you haven't recognized the fact, is what you can persuade the other chap to believe."

Anthony Gilbert, He Came by Night (1945)

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"Too many facts are sometimes as dangerous as too few."

Anthony Gilbert, He Came by Night (1945)

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" ... he didn't make light of superstition. He knew it's the first and most natural of religions."

Anthony Gilbert, He Came by Night (1945)

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" No one's interested in virtue till it's been lost."

Anthony Gilbert, The Spinster's Secret (1946)

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"All the years have their harvest."

Anthony Gilbert, Death in the Wrong Room (1947)

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" The man who never makes a mistake never makes anything. "

Anthony Gilbert, Death in the Wrong Room (1947)

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"... there are three sorts of liars -- liars, damned liars and house agents ... "

Anthony Gilbert, The Missing Widow (1948)

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" Marriage is the most delightful of the impermanencies of life."

Anthony Gilbert, Death Knocks Three Times (1949)

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"People ... believe what they wish to believe, and see what they are expecting to see."

Anthony Gilbert, Death Knocks Three Times (1949)

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"There's some to whom you can and should turn your soul inside out. It ain't what you say that matters but who you tells it to."

Anthony Gilbert, Is She Dead Too? (1950)

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" ... children are unreliable, foreigners to discretion."

Anthony Gilbert, Is She Dead Too? (1950)

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" ... in came a large, handsome old woman with an eye about as friendly as a bull in a field ..."

Anthony Gilbert, Is She Dead Too? (1950)

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"I like to be able to swim a hen in my cup."

Anthony Gilbert, Is She Dead Too? (1950)

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" The bridegroom ... was of less importance, in the public eye, than the bridal bouquet ..."

Anthony Gilbert, Is She Dead Too? (1950)

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"... that's the worst of the law. They never do the sensible, straightforward thing. They have to go around corners, like a cat that always takes the longest way home ..."

Anthony Gilbert, The Wrong Body (1950)

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" Men. Always trying to think for somebody else, and generally doing it wrong."

Anthony Gilbert, The Wrong Body (1950)

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"... I wonder if we shall ever make a lawyer of you. Don't you know that our first duty is to make things easy for our clients, who are always right, except when they come in conflict with ourselves?"

Anthony Gilbert, The Wrong Body (1950)

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"I know coincidence has a long arm, but it's not an octopus. "

Anthony Gilbert, The Wrong Body (1950)

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" Leisure's like a mirage. Lovely when it ain't there. When you are, it's a desert. Right? "

Anthony Gilbert, A Case for Mr. Crook (1952)

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"When people tell you a coat or dress is cut on classic lines it means it's something that isn't smart now and won't be smart ten years hence."

Anthony Gilbert, A Case for Mr. Crook (1952)

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"And after all, they're God's creatures as much as we, and who's to say He doesn't like them a lot better?"

Anthony Gilbert, Death Won't Wait (1954)

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"Most of the trouble of the world comes from putting things into writing. "

Anthony Gilbert, Riddle of a Lady (1956)

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" If you can't have what you like, you must like what you have."

Anthony Gilbert, Riddle of a Lady (1956)

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" Nobody's ever too old for anything, until they think they are."

Anthony Gilbert, And Death Came Too (1956)

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"Nobody ever notices the host at a party, until the drink runs out."

Anthony Gilbert, Death Against the Clock (1958)

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"... there are two things everybody thinks they can do--write a book and run a shop."

Anthony Gilbert, Death Takes a Wife (1959)

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"Miss Chisholm never went so far as the mailbox except in the car. She thought that if you were meant to walk you'd be given four feet."

Anthony Gilbert, Out for the Kill (1960)

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"Getting a hat is like getting a husband. It doesn't matter how decorative or smart they are if they don't suit you."

Anthony Gilbert, Out for the Kill (1960)

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"Husbands are like caterpillars, they improve with keeping."

Anthony Gilbert, After the Verdict (1961)

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"... it's the young who take chances, for whom Hope is a flag that never flies at half-mast."

Anthony Gilbert, Uncertain Death (1961)

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"Parents have a habit of underestimating their children."

Anthony Gilbert, Uncertain Death (1961)

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"You cannot keep a squirrel on the ground ..."

Anthony Gilbert, Uncertain Death (1961)

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"'When you try bein' cynical, Bill, it's like an elephant trying to do embroidery,' Crook informed him."

Anthony Gilbert, Ring for a Noose (1963)

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"... he'd got a thirst on him all wool and a yard wide. "

Anthony Gilbert, The Fingerprint (1964)

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"... hell is the place where nothing ever stops and nothing ever changes, a far more alarming conception than the old-fashioned fire and brimstone."

Anthony Gilbert, The Fingerprint (1964)

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"I can't think why women want to marry men at all, they're such fools. I suppose it's because there's nothing else for them to marry."

Anthony Gilbert, The Voice (1964)

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" ... luck's like the weather, it can change any minute. "

Anthony Gilbert, The Looking Glass Murder (1966)

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" I feel about nature like people who don't like dogs feel about dogs--very nice for other people if they're kept in the right place."

Anthony Gilbert, Night Encounter (1967)

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" 'You can't be expected to think of everything,' said George in soothing tones. That's the sort of remark that breaks up marriages."

Anthony Gilbert, The Visitor (1967)

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" It seems to me you need training for being idle just as much as for a profession. And being alive means more than just not being dead."

Anthony Gilbert, Mr. Crook Lifts the Mask (1970)

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"... at our age there's nothing better than conversation with someone who remembers the world you knew when you were a child--and the people in it. It's as good as taking your hair down."

Anthony Gilbert, Mr. Crook Lifts the Mask (1970)

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" Gin is cheering and wine maketh glad the heart of man, but when you're in a real turmoil there's nothing like a good strong cup of tea."

Anthony Gilbert, Tenant for the Tomb (1971)

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" It's odd, really, more women aren't used for private investigation work. They could go anywhere and no one would notice them."

Anthony Gilbert, Murder's a Waiting Game (1972)

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"The search for truth can be compared to a cat chasing her tail: frantic in her pursuit, her quarry nevetheless eludes her; despite the fact that all the world can see it's right there, it remains just beyond her reach. It cannot be possessed because, paradoxically, it is already part of her."

Anthony Gilbert, A Shilling for Candles (1936)

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"'... you've got two alternatives -- ride out the storm or go for a little holiday.' 'And have everyone say I couldn't face the music?' 'Why should you, if you ain't musically inclined?'"

Anthony Gilbert, After the Verdict (1961)

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"It's what I've always said, if we were meant to fly we'd be given wings, just like if we were meant to walk we'd have four legs."

Anthony Gilbert, The Looking Glass Murder (1966)

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Anthony Gilbert, English writer
(1899 - 1973)

Lucy Malleson was essentially known for writing under the name of Anthony Gilbert.  She also used as pseudonyms J. Kilmeny Keith and Anne Meredith.