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Frances Parkinson Keyes

"Of all the men I have known, I cannot recall one whose mother did her level best for him when he was little who did not turn out well when he grew up."

Frances Parkinson Keyes, in The Atlantic Yearbook (1921)

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"... the only door into her bedroom led through the church."

Frances Parkinson Keyes, Dinner at Antoine's (1948)

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"You know how some people are -- they always feel they have to do things for other people's good, no matter what happens to the other people in the process!"

Frances Parkinson Keyes, Dinner at Antoine's (1948)

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"One does not permit one's friends to be slandered in time of trouble."

Frances Parkinson Keyes, Dinner at Antoine's (1948)

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"Fortunately, any kind of setback has represented a challenge to do better, rather than an acceptance of inferiority on my part."

Frances Parkinson Keyes, Roses in December (1960)

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" ... a compensation is something which does not quite compensate ... "

Frances Parkinson Keyes, Roses in December (1960)

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"... scales are the grammar of music."

Frances Parkinson Keyes, Roses in December (1960)

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"I have always been allergic to telephones. As far as I am concerned, they are very seldom time-savers and very often the destroyers of schedules."

Frances Parkinson Keyes, All Flags Flying (1972)

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"Taking the way that opens, even if it seems hardly more than a footpath, not infrequently leads to the highways of heart's desire, if not to fame and fortune."

Frances Parkinson Keyes, All Flags Flying (1972)

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"A mystic is a spiritual realist, a person for whom the Invisible is a matter of more or less firsthand experience."

Frances Parkinson Keyes, All Flags Flying (1972)

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Frances Parkinson Keyes, U.S. writer, columnist
(1885 - 1970)