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Naomi Mitchison

  • ... there is nothing sorer to the spirit than falling below what one's lover thinks of one.

  • ... a candidate has to be either a surprise or a habit.

  • ... does one ever say the same thing in the same way to two different people?

  • Good will, that curious product of consciousness, of leisure and energy to spare and share. That thing we put out against the forces of interest. That extra thing. Religions and nations and political parties have taken it and used it as coinage, have said you must only give it in exchange for value.

  • ... the lesser evil is also evil ...

  • ... the fishermen of Port Sonas care only for the two things, fishing and women. And there's some that are no' that keen on the fishing.

  • ... it's possible to go faster than folk are ready for; that's the key to democracy ...

  • You could sum up the Highland way of life, she thought, if you were unkind, in four words: devilment, obligement, refreshment, buggerment.

  • ... the best committee's a committee of one!

  • All forms of sexual loving become acceptable if the lovers wear togas or wolfskins.

    • Naomi Mitchison,
    • in Mary Chamberlain, ed., Writing Lives ()

Naomi Mitchison, Scottish novelist, poet

(1897 - 1999)

Full name: Naomi May Margaret Mitchison, CBE.