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“All at once he was choked by a sharp and alien compassion — though he was not a stranger to pity — both for himself and the others with whom he shared his world. It was a world in which no one truly communicated with another, and in this lay the greatest sorrow. Not even love made a common language.”
“Without controversy there can be no wise argument; without dissension there can be no agreement; without disaster there can be no peace, in all the meaning of the words. In a deeper subtlety than you know, Saul, wickedness created virtue, and all the arts, and vitality. Contrast, Saul, is the only thing which makes life interesting. And wine and love, of course.”
“Animals do not betray; they do not exploit; they do not oppress; they do not enslave; they do not sin. They have their being, and their being is honest, and who can say this of man?”
“God's 'failures' are really man's failures ...”
“We are not old unless we desire to be ...”
Taylor Caldwell, English-born U.S. writer
(1900 - 1985)
Full name: Janet Miriam Taylor Caldwell.