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Jacqueline Winspear

  • Truth walks toward us on the path of our questions. As soon as you think you have the answer, you have closed the path and may miss vital new information. Wait awhile in the stillness, and do not rush to conclusions, no matter how uncomfortable the unknowing.

  • Never follow a story with a question, Maisie, not immediately. And remember to acknowledge the storyteller, for in some way even the messenger is affected by the story he brings.

  • Stay with the question. The more it troubles you, the more it has to teach you.

  • ... only when we have a respect for time will we have learned something of the art of living.

  • Coincidence is a messenger sent by truth.

  • ... a question has the most power before we rush to answer it, when it is still making us think, still testing us.

  • Memories are links in a golden chain that bind us until we meet again.

  • ... in this great war [WWI] ... they had, all of them, on all sides, lost their freedom. The freedom to think hopefully of the future.

  • Never judge a journey by the distance...

  • They say the face tells all there is to know about a life, but I personally believe much can be deduced from the hands. There are lines and scars, bumps and calluses; indeed, the hands are both the sketch and the final work of art.

  • Most people don't realize that they feel something is wrong before they think something is wrong ...

  • ... if the way ahead is not clear, time is often the best editor of one's intentions.

  • Yes, it does make the load rather heavy if you carry tools for every eventuality.

  • ... truth has a certain buoyancy — it makes its way to the surface, in time.

Jacqueline Winspear, English-born U.S. writer

(1955)