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Diana Norman

  • Ghosts cannot be put on the witness stand, or have their fingerprints taken. They are completely proof against proof.

  • Obviously, not everybody who dies becomes a ghost, otherwise those who are psychic would be aware of shouldering through deep crowds of assorted shades every time they moved.

  • Crime, after all, can be a way of establishing identity or acquiring security — at least the magistrate addresses you by name.

  • Alcoholism plus criminality plus whatever caused both in the first place form a combination that is very nearly happy-ending-proof.

  • [On Aphra Behn:] Like all women who break out of the stereotype she was subjected to the process that begins with detraction and ends in oblivion.

  • God who gave me brains will surely give me bread.

  • Insanity has excuses; wickedness has not.

  • ... the possession of power brings on madness.

  • They destroyed what I was, they shall endure what I have become.

Diana Norman, English writer