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Pamela Hansford Johnson
“... the most deeply moving element in the contemplation of beauty is the element of loss. We desire to hold; but the sunset melts into the night, and the secret of the painting on the wall can never be the secret of the buyer.”
“He was talking with the inspired air of the man who fears silence and a full stop.”
“She was so sorry for him that sorrow was like rage.”
“The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire.”
“Hatred had made his tongue taste dirty, had fouled his teeth.”
“There are few things more disturbing than to find, in somebody we detest, a moral quality which seems to us demonstrably superior to anything we ourselves possess. It augurs not merely an unfairness on the part of creation, but a lack of artistic judgement. ... Sainthood is acceptable only in saints.”
“Be fond of the man who jests at his scars, if you like; but never believe he is being on the level with you.”
“I have always wanted to write in such a way that will make people think, 'Why, I've always thought that but never found the words for it.'”
Pamela Hansford Johnson, English writer, playwright, poet, critic
(1912 - 1981)
Full name: Pamela Hansford Johnson, Baroness Snow.