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“Ghosts cannot be put on the witness stand, or have their fingerprints taken. They are completely proof against proof.”
“Obviously, not everybody who dies becomes a ghost, otherwise those who are psychic would be aware of shouldering through deep crowds of assorted shades every time they moved.”
“Crime, after all, can be a way of establishing identity or acquiring security — at least the magistrate addresses you by name.”
“Alcoholism plus criminality plus whatever caused both in the first place form a combination that is very nearly happy-ending-proof.”
“[On Aphra Behn:] Like all women who break out of the stereotype she was subjected to the process that begins with detraction and ends in oblivion.”
“God who gave me brains will surely give me bread.”
“Insanity has excuses; wickedness has not.”
“... the possession of power brings on madness.”
“They destroyed what I was, they shall endure what I have become.”
Diana Norman, English writer