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Ethel M. Dell

  • ... I never like anyone till I've seen him at his worst.

  • Quite a small spoke is enough to stop a wheel — even a mighty big wheel — if it's going too fast.

  • That's the worst of doctors. They are so keen about the body, but they don't study the soul at all.

  • Death is the opening — and the closing — of a Door.

  • I haven't hurt you ... if I have, it's the faithful wound of a friend.

  • ... there was not a tree on the place, only the horrible prickly pear bushes thrusting out their distorted arms as if exulting in their own nakedness.

  • ... we are all given the ingredients of happiness, but the mixing is left to ourselves.

  • What we once fling away never comes again to us.

  • What the world, social and political, concrete and mental, really needs is not new things, but the old things made new ...

  • If you didn't sit with your head in the clouds so perpetually you wouldn't get so many shocks.

  • People have a way of thinking that everything is finished when the very best of all may yet be in store.

  • I love humility in a woman. It's so rare. With man, of course, it is practically extinct.

  • Promises were made for people who do not trust each other.

  • There is no such thing as time for those who are happy. For the others — there is nothing else.

  • Oh, it's true! I'm sure it's true! Horrid things always are.

Ethel M. Dell, U.S. writer

(1881 - 1939)

Full name: Ethel May Dell.