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E. M. Delafield

  • Always remember, me dear, whether you're listening to a tale or telling one: Every penny piece that's struck has two sides to it.

  • There is a certain strong sense of inner conviction that strikes, with a pang as that of birth, through the very soul, and which is experienced but once or twice in a lifetime.

  • A wistful desire for self-justification sometimes possessed her, and a complete absence of judgment led her to ask it from the quarter in which she was least likely to receive it.

  • A child with an intense capacity for feeling can suffer to a degree that is beyond any degree of adult suffering, because imagination, ignorance, and the conviction of utter helplessness are untempered either by reason or by experience.

  • ... Aunt Clo's obsession for entire frankness was principally indulged in the direction of an unsparing candor with regard to the deficiencies of other people.

  • (Mem.: Very marked difference between the sexes is male tendency to procrastinate doing practically everything in the world except sitting down to meals and going up to bed. Should like to purchase little painted motto: do it now, so often on sale at inferior stationers' shops, and present it to Robert, but on second thoughts quite see that this would not conduce to domestic harmony, and abandon scheme at once.)

  • Are modern children going to revolt against being modern, and if so, what form will reaction of modern parents take?

  • Inequalities of Fate very curious. Should like, on this account, to believe in Reincarnation.

  • Does not a misplaced optimism exist, common to all mankind, leading on to false conviction that social engagements, if dated sufficiently far ahead, will never really materialize?

  • The best and most popular novelists do not, as a rule, have children in their books at all, and this is wise. Parents are about the only people who are interested in children, and they merely in their own ones.

  • People in England who do not like gardening are very few, and of the few there are, many do not own to it, knowing that they might just as well own to having been in prison, or got drunk at Buckingham Palace.

E. M. Delafield, English novelist, journalist, magistrate

(1890 - 1943)

Real name: Edmée Elizabeth Monica De La Pasture Dashwood.