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Susan Moody

  • Istanbul ... the constant beating of the wave of the East against the rock of the West ...

  • ... she fingered the edge of his mother's sorrow like a tailor feeling the quality of a rival's well-made suit. Was it anything like the pain she had felt ... ?

  • You don't have to be sincere yourself to recognize sincerity when you see it. Any more than you have to be insane to recognize insanity.

  • ... danger was always at its most lethal when disguised as respectability.

  • Possibilities swung from the ropes of his life like charms on a watch chain, golden.

  • ... impulses sometimes have logical roots and ought to be given in to.

  • ... martyrs are always uncomfortable people to live with.

  • Time does not act on memory to soften the edges, blur the details; if anything, it sharpens them. Emotions may lose their acid outlines, but not places and people, not if you wish to retain them.

  • ... her voice ... slides over her words like cold water, as though they were stones and had no life.

Susan Moody, English writer

(1940)

Real name: Susan Elizabeth Horwood Donaldson.