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Ursula Curtiss

  • ... blackmail. The age-old path to the land of milk and honey. The one sure way of being paid for doing nothing.

  • ... who was the cynic who had defined gratitude as thanks for favors to come?

  • She had met wives like that before, who referred complacently to their mates as 'perfect bears,' as though sullen bad temper were some sort of accomplishment.

  • He had been born under a dark star that always landed him behind people like that — women ahead of him in public phone booths called up relatives they hadn't seen in twenty years, men at ticket windows before him wanted a breakdown of different-class fares between Chicago and Santa Fe.

  • ... he was a man with whom insult passed for wit and vulgarity for humor.

  • ... there were people who occupied telephone booths as though they had rented them for the day.

Ursula Curtiss, U.S. writer

(1923 - 1984)

Full name: Ursula Reilly Curtiss. Note that her mother was writer Helen Reilly and her sister was writer Mary McMullen (check under both names for their quotations).