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Margaret Laurence

  • Follow your heart, and you perish.

    • Margaret Laurence,
    • "The Perfume Sea," The Tomorrow Tamer ()
  • In some families, please is described as the magic word. In our house, however, it was sorry.

  • ... I am rampant with memory.

  • Some people will tell you that the old live in the past ... such people as Marvin, who is somehow comforted by the picture of old ladies feeding like docile rabbits on the lettuce leaves of other times, other manners.

  • Privacy is a privilege not granted to the aged or the young.

  • Pride was my wilderness, and the demon that led me there was fear.

  • The dead don't bear a grudge nor seek a blessing. The dead don't rest uneasy. Only the living.

  • Holidays are enticing only for the first week or so. After that, it is no longer such a novelty to rise late and have little to do.

  • I used to think there would be a blinding flash of light someday, and then I would be wise and calm and would know how to cope with everything and my kids would rise up and call me blessed. Now I see that whatever I'm like, I'm pretty well stuck with it for life. Hell of a revelation that turned out to be.

  • ... when I say 'work' I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.

    • Margaret Laurence,
    • in Donald Cameron, Conversations With Canadian Novelists ()
  • Will we ever reach a point when it is no longer necessary to say Them and Us? I believe we must reach that point, or perish.

    • Margaret Laurence,
    • "Man of Our People," Heart of a Stranger ()
  • It is my feeling that as we grow older we should become not less radical but more so. I do not, of course, mean this in any political-party sense, but rather in a willingness to struggle for those things in which we passionately believe. Social activism and the struggle for social justice are often thought of as the natural activities of the young but not of the middle-aged or the elderly. In fact, I don't think this was ever true.

    • Margaret Laurence,
    • in Christi Verduyn, Margaret Laurence: An Appreciation ()

Margaret Laurence, Canadian writer

(1926 - 1987)

Full name: Jean Margaret Wemyss Laurence.