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Daphne du Maurier

  • ... there's something about Paris that gives you a mental slap all the time, and you can't just sit still and do nothing. You've got to work, to keep up with the pace, the sting in the atmosphere.

  • There could never be a more beautiful city than this. It was cold, austere, belonging only to the water. ... Stockholm was a northern city, her beauty stark and frozen even in midsummer, the blue water like the pure caverns of a glacier ...

  • It doesn't do to be curious at Jamaica Inn, and I'll have you remember that.

  • I wish I could save this moment like scent in a bottle.

  • Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

  • Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.

  • I'm glad it cannot happen twice, the fever of first love.

  • People who travel are always fugitives.

  • Nothing like a cup of tea to make a person feel better, man or woman.

  • A bad workman blames his tools.

  • There are more birds about than usual.

    • Daphne du Maurier,
    • "The Birds," Kiss Me Again, Stranger ()
  • The urge to climb will never be explained. In olden days, perhaps it was a wish to reach the stars. Today, anyone so minded can buy a seat on a plane and feel himself master of the skies. Even so, he will not have rock under his feet, or air upon his face; nor will he know the silence that comes only on the hills.

    • Daphne du Maurier,
    • "Monte Verité," Kiss Me Again, Stranger ()
  • Life and death do not wait for legal action.

  • The trouble is, walking in Venice becomes compulsive once you start. Just over the next bridge, you say, and then the next one beckons.

  • All autobiography is self-indulgent.

  • ... no person will ever get into my blood as a place can ... People and things pass away, but not places.

  • Ideas for stories began to crowd thick and fast, like people waiting for a train.

  • Writing every book is like a purge; at the end of it one is empty ... like a dry shell on the beach, waiting for the tide to come in again.

    • Daphne du Maurier,
    • in Ladies' Home Journal ()
  • Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard.

    • Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier, English writer, playwright

(1907 - 1989)

Full name: Dame Daphne du Maurier, Lady Browning DBE.