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Celestine Sibley

  • I've always noticed that Old Families, like plumbers and barbers and possibly drummers and detectives, seem to have some kind of reciprocity arrangement in the South. Members of the freemasonry could move anywhere ... and still operate cozily in the local Old Family top drawer.

  • As a driver, Mary Jean was a fine food editor.

  • She handles a conversation like the only runner in a potato race. She offers you the potato and before you can take it she's turned and rushed off with it again herself.

  • How dare you, unless you can hold up your own life as a model of rectitude, achievement, and halcyon happiness, open your mouth about the stubborn secrets of living?

Celestine Sibley, U.S. writer, journalist, columnist

(1914 - 1999)