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“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.”
“He was a man who said sorry when other people stepped on him, which is what the nicer half of the world does ...”
“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.”
“... 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.