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Jane Langton

  • [On evil:] There are two kinds. And the worst kind isn't black hearts. It's a failure of the imagination. Blandness and blindness. That's the horror of it. It's some upright Christian soul, some bumbling bureaucrat who refuses to see the truth, who washes his dainty hands of the poverty and misery around him, who signs his name routinely to some damnable bland blind piece of paper, ten copies, please, Miss Blah. That's the worst kind.

  • Buddy enjoyed writing letters. A letter was different from a conversation. In a face-to-face encounter you couldn't ever be in total control of the situation, but in a letter you could get down on paper exactly what you wanted to say in the best possible language, and leave out whatever didn't fit in. It was like addressing a jury without the presence of opposing counsel, in some courtroom where you had a free hand with the judge.

  • The truth is simply what everyone agrees to until the facts arrive.

Jane Langton, U.S. writer, illustrator


Full name: Jane Gillson Langton.