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Elizabeth C. Taylor

  • ... generalizations are merely conveniences, an attempt to oil the wheels of such civilization as we have. It is exhausting to come newly to everything, to have the same decisions to make over and over again.

  • ... the wind waited for them at the corner, striking suddenly like an assassin.

  • It is very strange ... that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.

  • Although he was ambitious at this time to become a great writer, he saw himself rather as a literary figure than as a man at work.

  • Perfect love casteth out awkwardness.

  • Muriel had little patience with gaucherie, though inspiring it.

    • Elizabeth C. Taylor,
    • title story, Hester Lilly and Twelve Short Stories ()
  • I never think embarrassment is a trivial emotion.

    • Elizabeth C. Taylor,
    • title story, Hester Lilly and Twelve Short Stories ()
  • So many parentheses scattered about gave the look of her eyelashes having been shed upon the pages.

    • Elizabeth C. Taylor,
    • title story, Hester Lilly and Twelve Short Stories ()
  • I meet myself every so often. 'You hideous old baggage,' I say, and I nod. For years I thought it was someone else.

    • Elizabeth C. Taylor,
    • title story, Hester Lilly and Twelve Short Stories ()
  • ... it is a good thing if two uninteresting people marry and keep their dullness to themselves.

    • Elizabeth C. Taylor,
    • title story, Hester Lilly and Twelve Short Stories ()
  • She was a great one for not sitting down all day, not touching a morsel of food, never sleeping a wink all night and hearing every quarter of a hour strike from midnight until dawn.

    • Elizabeth C. Taylor,
    • "I Live in a World of Make-Believe," Hester Lilly and Twelve Short Stories ()
  • He had always talked too much; was a bad listener — almost a non-listener, for he simply waited without patience for others to stop talking so that he might cap their story. Well, hurry up, hurry up, he would think. Get a move on with it, man. I got something to say myself on those lines. If you go drivelling on much longer, chances are I'll forget it.

    • Elizabeth C. Taylor,
    • "Spry Old Character," Hester Lilly and Twelve Short Stories ()
  • His tongue did his thinking for him. Other people's talk struck words from him like a light from a match. His phrases were quick and ready-made and soon forgotten, but he feared a silence and they filled it.

    • Elizabeth C. Taylor,
    • "Spry Old Character," Hester Lilly and Twelve Short Stories ()
  • It is odd that women do not bear their daughters, only have them.

    • Elizabeth C. Taylor,
    • "The Light of Day," Hester Lilly and Twelve Short Stories ()
  • Her mother used endearments a great deal — sometimes to put an edge to displeasure. 'Darling, how could you be so stupid!'

    • Elizabeth C. Taylor,
    • "Shadows of the World," Hester Lilly and Twelve Short Stories ()
  • The dead can become too important, just by dying.

    • Elizabeth C. Taylor,
    • "The Ambush," The Blush ()
  • She had ... the over-alert look of a ventriloquist's dummy.

    • Elizabeth C. Taylor,
    • "The Letter-Writers," The Blush ()
  • Archie had been no good as a dancer. He had trundled her about. She ought to have been warned by that; for dancing and sex were linked ... and Archie, she had soon discovered trundled through sex.

Elizabeth C. Taylor, English writer

(1912 - 1975)

Full name: Elizabeth C. Taylor.