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Mary Wesley Quotes

31 Mary Wesley quotes:

"A lot of people stop short. They don't actually die but they say, 'Right I'm old, and I'm going to retire,' and then they dwindle into nothing. They go off to Florida and become jolly boring."
"Each marriage has to be judged separately, and we never know what's going on in another person's marriage."
"I don't write for any particular kind of person."
"I have a garden, and I'm passionately interested in young people."
"I have deliberately left Sylvester and Julia's appearances to the reader's imagination."
"I never really know the title of a book until it's finished."
"I was sent to a finishing school, which didn't last long when mother found out how badly chaperoned we were. Then I 'came out' before going to a domestic science school."
"It was pretty awful for us children because we never really knew the local children. Mother was keen for us to learn languages, so our travels took us to France and Italy, as well as the West Country."
"It's not a one-way trip; men persuade women, human beings manage each other. Now it's called manipulation. We manage our children."
"Looking back, I understand that I was teaching myself to write."
"My father was a soldier and my mother was a great mover. She once counted up how many places she had lived in during the first 25 years of her marriage and it came to 20."
"My first husband would never make up his mind in less than five years, so I used to get him to think that whatever course of action needed to be taken was his idea. Then he'd go right ahead."
"People try much less hard to make a marriage work than they used to fifty years ago. Divorce is easier."
"That image of the countryside being a threatening place still exists. People continue to resist the challenge of learning about aspects of life they don't understand."
"The families descended from these fishing folk are still here in the West Country and a wonderful exchange between the countries exists today."
"They may turn out to be a great disappointment, or perhaps they may be full of enchanting surprises."
"We all lie to each other, present some sort of front."
"Women's courage is rather different from men's. The fact that women have to bring up children and look after husbands makes them braver at facing long-term issues, such as illness. Men are more immediately courageous. Lots of people are brave in battle."
"You know what it's like to persuade a pigheaded child to do something they don't want to. If they hear the same suggestion from someone else, they'll go right off and do it."
"I always read that men don't like intelligent girls, but I've always found the reverse."

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