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Dorothy Cottrell

  • I also discovered that I was a poet. From the standpoint of one's family this is probably a regrettable discovery ...

  • I took little interest in fleshly infants; it being my private opinion that their attractions did not justify the fuss that was made about them. I had, for instance, early discovered that, if you gave a baby a finger to hold, it held it. This was perhaps interesting, but it wanted greatly in the dear element of surprise.

  • No mind brought into unity with the lonely places of the world but is subtly altered by them.

  • If you are going to do something that will annoy people, tell them about it afterwards; then they will only be annoyed that you have done it, and won't have all the exasperation of trying to stop you.

  • ... he worked harder than almost any one I have known, but somehow it was always at getting ready to do the things that had to be done before you could do the thing that you had set out to do. He laboured dreadfully, as it were, a dreadfully long way from the beginnings of accomplishment.

  • ... Harry was immense, with long, drooped, pointed, brown whiskers, and he looked rather like a walrus graced by spiritual leanings ...

Dorothy Cottrell, Australian writer

(1902 - 1957)

Full name: Ida Dorothy Ottley Cottrell.