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Kate Ross

  • Proving innocence, Julian realized, is apt to be much more difficult than proving guilt.

  • People say that the danger of prayer is that you might get what you pray for.

  • ... doing evil in the cause of good ... is one of life's most exquisite pleasures. One has all the enjoyment of getting up to mischief, and none of the guilt.

  • ... weakness is a terrible thing, worse even than evil ...

  • One should never be rude except on purpose.

  • Oh, I do like it when young men flatter me. Of course it's all flummery but a harmless enough pleasure — less expensive than cards and far better for the complexion than Madeira.

  • 'Are you so unpopular?' 'I'm successful, which comes to the same thing.'

  • For many people, crime isn't a real concern until they become victims themselves.

  • An audience, like a lover, ought never to be left quite sated.

  • Justice is a principle, vengeance a passion.

  • Modesty alone doesn't prove a man a hero. But it's incontrovertible that immodesty makes him a bore.

  • ... a man who believed himself invulnerable was very vulnerable indeed.

  • I'm never so aware of my immortal soul as when I hear music.

  • There's a tedious sameness about tyranny ...

  • ... innocence isn't a sufficient protection in itself. If it were, there would be no martyred saints, no wronged women ... So don't speak to me of innocence. If that were our only clothing, we would freeze.

Kate Ross, U.S. lawyer, writer

(1956 - 1998)

Full name: Katherine Jean Ross. The four Regency-era mysteries she wrote before her death were delightful, original, and not too Regency-ish.