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Nancy Boyd

  • Paris is the loveliest city in the world. Until she opens her mouth. Should the French go forth to battle armed only with their taxi horns, they would drive all before them.

  • I like Americans. They are so ridiculous. They are always risking their lives to save a minute. The pavement under their feet is red-hot.

  • The good confidante is, by the very nature of the thing, a bad confider.

  • ... she was so mad about Goddard that every other man in the world looked like her grandmother to her.

  • ... as helpless as a cat in paper shoes.

  • The older we grow, the less chance we have of really seeing a thing when we look at it; what we see is a composite of all the opinions we have ever formed about it. That, of course, is experience. It is also, however, hardening of the aesthetic arteries.

  • I buy every book of verse that comes out. I don't read 'em, because I don't like poetry. But I buy 'em, because I believe that art should be encouraged.

  • As a child I was early turned from the path of righteousness by the unfortunate remark once let drop in my presence by my mother that virtue is its own reward. Hitherto I had supposed that if I were being good it was for some decent and intelligible purpose.

  • ... a politician ... has spent the best years of his life in an endeavour to make the world safe for stupidity.

    • Nancy Boyd,
    • "Ships and Sealing Wax," Vanity Fair ()

Nancy Boyd, U.S. writer

(1892 - 1950)

Real name: Edna St. Vincent Millay Boissevain (see also quotations under Edna St. Vincent Millay).