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Gertrude Diamant

  • 'He is well behaved, señora,' the old man said when he sold it to me. 'He is not vulgar. He will never embarrass you.' The parrot eyed me slyly and malevolently, like a wrongdoer who hears his lawyer praising him in court.

  • It was she who always greeted me with 'How did the dawn find you?' — the melancholy greeting of an invalid, for whom each dawn must be a stock-taking of pains.

  • ... the first step in understanding a people is to know the extent of their mortality, the things from which they suffer and die.

  • ... it is my belief that one should learn patience in a foreign land, for I take it that this is the true measure of travel. If one does not suffer some frustration of the ordinary reflexes, how can one be sure one is really traveling?

  • ... I like weather better than climate. The dry season is a gold vacuum; but the rainy season has change, which is weather. And while climate may create a race, weather creates the temper and sensibility of the individual.

  • For order represents our fear and nervousness. We create ordered interiors as a protest over the passing of things, to define our mortal lives against the void of time.

Gertrude Diamant, U.S. writer

(1901 - 1969)