P. D. James
Quotations


God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into the nest.

What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order.

Human kindness is like a defective tap, the first gush may be impressive but the stream soon dries up.

Great literature cannot grow from a neglected or impoverished soil. Only if we actually tend or care will it transpire that every hundred years or so we might get a Middlemarch.

A man who lives with nature is used to violence and is companionable with death. There is more violence in an English hedgerow than in the meanest streets of a great city.

There comes a time when every scientist, even God, has to write off an experiment.

I find it extraordinary that a straightforward if inelegant device for ensuring the survival of the species should involve human beings in such emotional turmoil. Does sex have to be taken so seriously?



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