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Flora Thompson

  • ... happiness depends more upon the state of mind — and body, perhaps — than upon circumstances and events.

  • The wife ought to have the first child and the husband the second, then there wouldn't ever be any more.

  • Strict honesty was the policy of most of them; although there were a few who were said to 'find anything before 'tis lost' and to whom findings were keepings.

  • A liar did ought to have a good memory.

  • You can lock up from a thief, but you can't from a liar.

  • 'My word! An' 'aven't she got a nerve!' they would say of anyone who expected more than was reasonable.

  • They had not much original wit, but had inherited a stock of cheerful sayings which passed as such.

  • Does melancholy attract misfortune? Or is it true that past, present and future are one, only divided by our time sense? Mrs. Merton was fated to become in her old age the tragic figure she had looked when young.

  • Readers have no doubt noticed how seldom builders live in houses of their own construction. You will find a town or village expanding in all directions with their masterpieces of modernity in the way of houses and bungalows; but the builder himself you will usually find living nearer the heart of things, snugly and comfortably housed in some more substantial, if less convenient, building of less recent date.

  • ... the luxuries of the few were becoming necessities of the many ...

  • We may call the Victorian woman ignorant, weak, clinging and vaporish — she is not here to answer such charges — but at least we must admit that she knew how to cook.

  • What greater restoratives have we poor mortals than a good meal taken in the company of loving friends?

Flora Thompson, English writer

(1876 - 1947)