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Mrs. Alec-Tweedie

  • Sunshine is more health-giving than pills and potions: and travel in foreign lands is a mental tonic, which feeds the mind even if it empties the pocket.

  • In days of yore there were kings of 'the two Sicilies.' In these days there are still two Sicilies, but they are the Sicily of Comfort, and the Sicily of Discomfort.

  • No Southern people ever seem to possess the energy of their Northern brothers, and in Sicily a dolce far niente life is much enjoyed. Time is no object. According to Pliny, Aristhomacus watched the life of the bee carefully for fifty-eight years, which is just the sort of work a Sicilian of to-day would like.

  • Organised brigandage has ceased to exist, but murder and highway robbery are still far too common in the less frequented districts. Travellers rarely suffer to-day, however. It is the wealthy inhabitants who run risks at the hand of the mafia, or lawless Sicilian.

  • Civilisation makes us all as alike as peas in a pod, and it is the very uncouth — uncivilised, if you will — element which individualises nations.

  • Adversity is the touchstone of character: it is not in success but in misfortune that hidden powers bear fruit.

  • Never has the theatrical profession been more overcrowded than at the present moment.

  • Many people with a wild desire to act prove failures on the stage, their inclinations are greater than their powers. Rarely is it the other way ...

  • The most powerful book in the world at the beginning of the twentieth century is the check-book.

  • He who buys what he does not want ends in wanting what he cannot buy.

  • Few authors are so interesting as their work — they generally reserve their wit or trenchant sarcasm for their books.

  • Theatrical work means too much work or none.

  • Marriage with love is entering heaven with one's eyes shut, but marriage without love is entering hell with them open.

  • We all try to be alike in our youth, and individual in our middle age ... although we sometimes mistake eccentricity for individuality.

Mrs. Alec-Tweedie, English writer, traveler, biographer, historian, photographer, illustrator

(1862 - 1940)

Full name: Ethel Brilliana Harley D. Tweedie. She wrote as Mrs. Alec-Tweedie, Mrs. Alec Tweedie, and Ethel B. Harley.