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“... America was the worst place in the world in which to fail, fall sick, get old or die, because then your problems had crystallised into the unforgivable sin. Failure.”
“Sleep always eluded the pursuer.”
“Nothing remained immutable, in that old phrase applied to the stars. Everything changed; the wise welcomed it and struck out to swim with the stream. Others resisted, damming progress with human bodies. It was no less true, because it was so bitterly ironic, that the children of revolutionary change became the stiffest of reactionaries.”
“People needed stimulus; if you were good at something, the surest way to break you was to prevent you from ever doing it.”
“There is always a moment when you think of death as a way easier than life ...”
“Birth was an accident; he had been left at the wrong doorstep.”
“[On Washington, D.C.:] There was no other city in the world where rumor fed upon itself so virulently. Whispers wiped out careers just as cholera destroyed its human victims.”
“Long afterwards, she was to remember that moment when her life changed its direction. It was not predestined; she had a choice. Or it seemed that she had. To accept or refuse. To take one turning down the crossroads to the future or another. But this would be hindsight, and time always mocked truth.”
“I hate people doing an emotional striptease. It's never genuine or they wouldn't drag outsiders in.”
“There aren't many idealists in politics.”
Evelyn Anthony, English writer
Real name: Evelyn Bridget Patricia Stephens Ward-Thomas. She also wrote as Anthony Evelyn.