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Mary Lee Settle

  • Having watched herself in the speckled mirror ... she was already shocked beyond surprise at what the flat hand of age could do.

  • ... the first time you are reconciled to the terrible unfairness of disappointment, you are getting old.

  • Anyone who has a choice and doesn't choose not to write is a fool. ... The work is hard, the perks are few, the pay is terrible, and the product, when it's finally finished, is pure joy.

    • Mary Lee Settle,
    • in George Plimpton, ed., The Writer's Chapbook ()
  • When I'm working on a serious and solid book ... I read about a detective novel a day. It's the best legal dope in the world. It makes you feel good until the next morning you can work again.

    • Mary Lee Settle

Mary Lee Settle, U.S. writer

(1918 - 2005)