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Maeve Binchy

  • I wanted to be a saint. ... I had a very special relationship with God. I regarded him as a friend, and Irish, and somebody who knew me well. ... But I was hoping against hope that I wouldn't see a vision. People who saw visions very often ended up as martyrs; and although I was dead keen to be a saint, I wanted to be a non-martyred saint.

    • Maeve Binchy,
    • in John Quinn, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl ()
  • He was a man who said sorry when other people stepped on him, which is what the nicer half of the world does ...

    • Maeve Binchy,
    • "A Holiday With Your Father," The Return Journey ()
  • If you write what you know about, you will always be on safe ground. I am very edgy and nervous about going into territories I know nothing about. That's why you don't find much high finance, group sex, or yachting parties in my stories.

    • Maeve Binchy,
    • "Welcome to My Study," in The Writer ()
  • ... the whole art of life is knowing the right time to say things.

Maeve Binchy, Irish writer, playwright, columnist, speaker

(1940 - 2012)

Full name: Maeve Binchy Snell.