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Frances Parkinson Keyes

  • Of all the men I have known, I cannot recall one whose mother did her level best for him when he was little who did not turn out well when he grew up.

    • Frances Parkinson Keyes,
    • in The Atlantic Yearbook ()
  • ... the only door into her bedroom led through the church.

  • You know how some people are — they always feel they have to do things for other people's good, no matter what happens to the other people in the process!

  • One does not permit one's friends to be slandered in time of trouble.

  • Fortunately, any kind of setback has represented a challenge to do better, rather than an acceptance of inferiority on my part.

  • ... a compensation is something which does not quite compensate ...

  • ... scales are the grammar of music.

  • I have always been allergic to telephones. As far as I am concerned, they are very seldom time-savers and very often the destroyers of schedules.

  • Taking the way that opens, even if it seems hardly more than a footpath, not infrequently leads to the highways of heart's desire, if not to fame and fortune.

  • A mystic is a spiritual realist, a person for whom the Invisible is a matter of more or less firsthand experience.

Frances Parkinson Keyes, U.S. writer, columnist

(1885 - 1970)