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Leslie Ford

  • I suppose it's part of being a good politician to be able to spot the most important men in any group without outside assistance.

  • The thing about George Barrol is that he's always putting his own and other people's feet into things that had best be left quite free of feet.

  • More people have been ruined by their upright friends than ever have been by their enemies!

  • It's you' friends that do you — you' enemies cain' get to you.

  • Captain Callowhill's face had all the best features, I thought, of a brace of working ferrets.

  • Men ruin cars. That's one of the things every woman knows.

  • It's all right to be disillusioned, but you can't be disillusioning.

  • Some people say he bounds about like a gazelle to prove his knees aren't stiff yet, but I think that's unfair. I think he was told it was gay and attractive and believed it.

  • Nobody's ever decided what success is, out here.

  • ... a city where the Capitol Dome, perforated like a kitchen colander, is the symbol of how secrets are kept ...

  • There's nothing harder to stop than somebody who wants to believe a miracle.

  • In my book, anyone pretending he has no interest in money is either a fool or a knave.

  • ... bitterness hardly cares what food it eats.

  • If you know the dark, you find it has a light of its own to let you see.

Leslie Ford, U.S. writer, war correspondent

(1898 - 1983)

Real name: Zenith Jones Brown. She also wrote as David Frome and Brenda Conrad. (See quotations under David Frome.)