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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,
    • in The New York Times ()

Pamela Hansford Johnson, English writer, playwright, poet, critic

(1912 - 1981)

Full name: Pamela Hansford Johnson, Baroness Snow.