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 always read that men don't like intelligent girls, but I've always found the reverse."
"I don't write for any particular kind of person."
"I found out only recently that we were making an index of enemy code signs."
"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 remember the evacuee children from towns and cities throwing stones at the farm animals. When we explained that if you did that you wouldn't have any milk, meat or eggs, they soon learned to respect the animals."
"I was living at home with my parents and went out with young men who continually put me down, saying, 'Didn't you know that? You're so ignorant.'"
"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."
"Imagination which comes into play in falling in love is different from any other. Certainly in my case, and I've fallen in love all my life, one imagines the person to be as you want them to be. They frequently turn out to be someone different, for better or worse."
"In my eighties, my best friends are in their fifties, and I have many friends at university. It keeps one young, and up with the vocabulary. That's terribly important, especially for a writer."
"It seemed sensible to move to a market town where I could walk everywhere."
"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."
"Of course risk-taking does not always pay off, but it's a lot of fun!"

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