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Gaudy Night

Dorothy L. Sayers

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him -- or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.”

“How fleeting are all human passions compared with the massive continuity of ducks.”

“Do you find it easy to get drunk on words?" "So easy that, to tell you the truth, I am seldom perfectly sober.”

“Some people's blameless lives are to blame for a good deal.”

“The rule seemed to be that a great woman must either die unwed ... or find a still greater man to marry her. ... The great man, on the other hand, could marry where he liked, not being restricted to great women; indeed, it was often found sweet and commendable in him to choose a woman of no sort of greatness at all.”

“What are you to do with the people who are cursed with both hearts and brains?”

“If it ever occurs to people to value the honour of the mind equally with the honour of the body, we shall get a social revolution of a quite unparalleled sort.”

“I imagine you come across a number of people who are disconcerted by the difference between what you do feel and what they fancy you ought to feel. It is fatal to pay the smallest attention to them.”

“A marriage of two independent and equally irritable intelligences seems to me reckless to the point of insanity.”

“The only ethical principle which has made science possible is that the truth shall be told all the time. If we do not penalize false statements made in error, we open up the way for false statements by intention. And a false statement of fact, made deliberately, is the most serious crime a scientist can commit.”

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