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Shelagh Delaney

  • I'm not frightened of the darkness outside. It's the darkness inside houses I don't like.

  • Women never have young minds. They are born three thousand years old.

  • ... you need somebody to love you while you're looking for someone to love.

  • [On England:] In this country there are only two seasons, winter and winter.

  • Why don't you learn from my mistakes? It takes half your life to learn from your own.

  • This woman always has plenty to say but she never says anything unless it's already been said by somebody else. With her it's always 'my husband maintains' or 'according to the Daily Express' or 'a man on television was saying last night,' and never I say or I think.

  • I have heard people say that they drink to forget their sorrows but the more I drink the more sorrows I collect --

Shelagh Delaney, English playwright, screenwriter

(1939 - 2011)