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Ellis Peters

  • ... the success of a holiday depends on what you find for yourself on the spot, not what you bring with you.

  • Only people who're positive enough to have friends have enemies.

  • You cannot demand truth, and then select half and throw the inconvenient remainder away.

  • It takes a lot to wound a man without illusions.

  • He conceded that there must still be hope for a species which had produced Mozart.

  • He prayed as he breathed, forming no words and making no specific requests, only holding in his heart, like broken birds in cupped hands, all those people who were in stress or grief ...

  • Too much trust is folly, in an imperfect world.

  • You'll never get to be a saint if you deny the bit of the devil in you.

  • Despair is deadly sin, but worse, it is mortal folly.

  • Of all the reports that fly about the world, ill news is the surest of all to arrive!

  • Beauty is a perilous gift ...

  • Youth is no less vulnerable, by the very quality it has of making the heart ache that beholds and has lost it.

  • Nothing is more pleasing and engaging than the sense of having conferred benefits. Not even the gratification of receiving them.

  • ... truth, like the burgeoning of a bulb under the soil, however deeply sown, will make its way to the light.

  • ... there is in the end no remedy but truth. It is the one course that cannot be evil.

  • Integrity expects integrity.

  • Life goes not in a straight line, lad, but in a circle. The first half we spend venturing as far as the world's end from home and kin and stillness, and the latter half brings us back, by roundabout ways but surely, to that state from which we set out.

  • There is no one who cannot be hated, against whatever odds. Nor anyone who cannot be loved, against all reason.

  • Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.

  • ... as roads go, the road home is as good as any.

  • Radulfus had the wise man's distant respect for perfection, but no great expectation of meeting it in the way.

  • Truth is a hard master, and costly to serve, but it simplifies all problems.

  • None of us has ever done enough — or never in the right direction.

  • In every decision there must be some regrets.

  • All the things of the wild have their proper uses. Only misuse makes them evil.

  • Miracles contradict reason, they strike clean across mere human deserts, and deliver and save where they will. If they made sense, they would not be miracles.

  • What is done matters, but what is yet to do matters far more.

  • Truth can be costly, but in the end it never falls short of value for the price paid.

    • Ellis Peters

Ellis Peters, English writer

(1913 - 1995)

Real name: Edith Mary Pargeter.