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Helen MacInnes

  • Expect the worst, and you won't be disappointed.

  • The mind is more vulnerable than the stomach, because it can be poisoned without feeling immediate pain.

  • ... one doesn't measure friendship by length of time only; depth of time is just as valuable.

  • Life to most Greeks may be either tragic or comic or a mixture of both; but one thing it never is — and that is, meaningless.

  • Nihilists expend everything and everyone except themselves. They are the indispensable men, without whom the world might try to live almost happily.

  • Just remember enough never to be vulnerable again: total forgetting could be as self-destructive as complete remembering.

  • But how meager one's life becomes when it is reduced to its basic facts. ... And the last, most complete, reduction is on one's tombstone: a name, two dates.

  • Civilization is a perishable commodity.

  • And it's the educated barbarian who is the worst: he knows what to destroy.

  • The sad discovery of the adult world was the permanent truth: you don't always do what you want to do; you do what you must.

  • Inquisitive people aren't really very attractive, are they?

  • Men who use terrorism as a means to power, rule by terror once they are in power.

    • Helen MacInnes
  • Nothing is interesting if you're not interested.

    • Helen MacInnes

Helen MacInnes, Scottish-born U.S. writer

(1907 - 1985)

Full name: Helen Clark MacInnes Highet.