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Edith Nesbitt

  • It is curious that nearly all the great fortunes are made by turning beautiful things into ugly ones. Making beauty out of ugliness is very ill-paid work.

  • It is wonderful how quickly you get used to things, even the most astonishing.

  • Time is, as you are probably aware, merely a convenient fiction. There is no such thing as time.

  • ... everything has an end, and you get to it if you only keep on.

  • Time and space are only forms of thought.

  • One of the uses of poetry — one says it to oneself in distressing circumstances, ... or when one has to wait at railway stations, or when one cannot get to sleep at night.

  • It is a curious thing that people only ask if you are enjoying yourself when you aren't.

  • It is always dull in books when people talk and talk, and don't do anything ... The best part of books is when things are happening. That is the best part of real things too. That is why I shall not tell you in this story about all the days when nothing happened. You will not catch me saying, 'thus the sad days passed slowly by' — or 'the years rolled on their weary course,' or 'time went on' — because it is silly; of course times goes on, whether you say so or not.

  • ... I ought to have put this in the preface, but I never read prefaces, and it is not much good writing things just for people to skip. I wonder other authors have never thought of this.

Edith Nesbitt, English writer

(1858 - 1924)

Full name: Edith Nesbitt Bland.