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Helen Waddell

  • ... for ... austere and gracious allegory, as for so much of its mysticism and its chivalry, its ardours and its endurances, the world is in debt to Spain.

  • Truth has as many coats as an onion ... and each one of them hollow when you peel it off.

  • It is only the happy who are hard, Gilles. I think perhaps it is better for the world if — if one has a broken heart. One is quick to recognise it, elsewhere. And one has time to think about other people, if there is nothing left to hope for any more.

  • Shipwreck in youth is sorrowful enough, but one looks for storms at the spring equinox. Yet it is the September equinox that drowns.

  • ... was there no one over thirty-five who had not some secret agony, some white-faced fear? Half one's life one walked carelessly, certain that some day one would have one's heart's desire: and for the rest of it, one either goes empty, or walks carrying a full cup, afraid of every step.

  • Being a sick man is like being a log caught in a stream, Gilles. All the straws gather around it.

  • But what was the desire of the flesh beside the desire of the mind?

Helen Waddell, Irish novelist, medieval scholar, translator, poet

(1889 - 1965)

Full name: Helen Jane Waddell.