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Agnes Sligh Turnbull

  • Daniel's punctuality was proverbial. Indeed ... he considered himself late if there was any person there ahead of him.

  • Well, next thing she took a fit about was gettin' Guffey to eat with his fork. Seems where she'd come from they didn't eat off their knives — not even pie.

  • So they wrote, out of their youth earnestly, poetically, putting forth tentative thought-fingers with which to touch each other's souls.

  • Well, he's an unusually logical thinker, and, so far, he's intellectually honest. And those two qualities, as I see it, don't exactly make for ease and comfort in the ministry.

  • You must learn to drink the cup of life as it comes ... without stirring it up from the bottom. That's where the bitter dregs are!

  • [On religion:] Wasn't it invented by man for a kind of solace? It's as though he had said, 'I'll make me a nice comfortable garment to shut out the heat and the cold,' and then it ends by becoming a strait-jacket.

  • But after all, democracy may not be the last word in government. It's a good system. Theoretically I consider it the best. Whether it will work indefinitely, remains to be seen. It's a great political experiment. The whole world had to try it. But it may want later on to try another.

  • I think we foreshorten our own viewpoint if we consider any state of mind, or society, or government as final. Growth and change! We can't get away from them.

  • When the desire ain't on me I don't need help. When it is on me I don't want any. See? Like the old fellah that never mended his roof. Said on a wet day he couldn't do it and on a dry day it was as good as anybody's.

  • A country-bred man can always learn to get on with city people, but a town-bred fellah never gets the real hang of the country. You can put city polish on a man, but by golly, it seems you can't ever rub it off him.

  • Burning logs can carry on quite a conversation! ... Have you ever heard apple wood talking? It's the most loquacious of all. You really can't get a word in edgeways.

  • If a diplomat says yes, he means perhaps. If he says perhaps he means no. And if he says no, he's the hell of a diplomat.

  • The idea of perfection always gives one a chance to talk without knowing facts.

  • ... the human soul, by once suffering as much as it is capable of, purchases a strange and terrible immunity to all the rest of life's sorrows.

  • Do you know that the tendrils of graft and corruption have become mighty interlacing roots so that even men who would like to be honest are tripped and trapped by them?

  • Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really.

Agnes Sligh Turnbull, U.S. writer

(1888 - 1982)