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By Anonym 15 Sep

Dodie Smith

Because there's so much that just can't be said plainly. Try describing what beauty is - plainly - and you'll see what I mean.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dodie Smith

Rose doesn’t like the flat country, but I always did – flat country seems to give the sky such a chance.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Dodie Smith

There is something revolting about the way girls' minds so often jump to marriage long before they jump to love.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Dodie Smith

When I read a book, I put in all the imagination I can, so that it is almost like writing the book as well as reading it - or rather, it is like living it. It makes reading so much more exciting, but I don't suppose many people try to do it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dodie Smith

I think it [religion] is an art, the greatest one; an extension of the communion all the other arts attempt.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dodie Smith

The tea was a comfort - and by that time I more than needed comfort.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dodie Smith

Only the margin left to write on now. I love you, I love you, I love you.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dodie Smith

People's clothes ought to be buried with them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dodie Smith

Stew's so comforting on a rainy day.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dodie Smith

My God - it's a green child!" said the American. "What is this place - the House of Usher?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dodie Smith

Doing things for others gives you a lovely glow." "So does port," I said cynically.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dodie Smith

Topaz was wonderfully patient - but sometimes I wonder if it is not only patience, but also a faint resemblance to cows.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dodie Smith

I wanted so terribly to be good to him.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dodie Smith

I know all about the facts of life, and I don't think much of them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dodie Smith

I was wandering around as usual, in my unpleasantly populated sub-conscious.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Dodie Smith

If someone even mentions his name it is like a little present to me - and I long to mention it myself. I start subjects leading up to it, and then I feel myself going red. I keep swearing to myself not to speak to him again - and then an opportunity occurs and I jump at it!

By Anonym 18 Sep

Dodie Smith

She is a famous artists' model who claims to have been christened Topaz - even if this is true there is no law to make a woman stick to a name like that.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dodie Smith

Time takes the ugliness and horror out of death and turns it into beauty.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dodie Smith

Certain unique books seem to be without forerunners or successors as far as their authors are concerned. Even though they may profoundly influence the work of other writers, for their creator they're complete, not leading anywhere.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dodie Smith

They call them the haunted shores, these stretches of Devonshire and Cornwall and Ireland which rear up against the westward ocean. Mists gather here, and sea fog, and eerie stories. That's not because there are more ghosts here than in other places, mind you. It's just that people who live hereabouts are strangely aware of them.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dodie Smith

What a tiny list of friends I have! All my fault. I less and less want to see people.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dodie Smith

The key to all knowledge comes in words of just one syllable, apparently.... There's only the last page left to write on. I'll fill it with words of just one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Dodie Smith

I could marry the Devil himself if he had some money.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dodie Smith

a loss of sensibility follows a loss of innocence, at once a penalty and a compensation.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Dodie Smith

It is the still, yellow kind of afternoon when one is apt to get stuck in a dream if one sits very quiet

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dodie Smith

Did you think of anything when Miss Marcy said Scoatney Hall was being re-opened? I thought of the beginning of Pride and Prejudice – where Mrs. Bennet says 'Netherfield Park is let a last.' And then Mr. Bennet goes over to call on the rich new owner.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Dodie Smith

... there is something revolting about the way girls' minds so often jump to marriage long before they jump to love. And most of those minds are shut to what marriage really means.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dodie Smith

Cruel blows of fate call for extreme kindness in the family circle.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dodie Smith

He stood staring into the wood for a minute, then said: "What is it about the English countryside — why is the beauty so much more than visual? Why does it touch one so?" He sounded faintly sad. Perhaps he finds beauty saddening — I do myself sometimes. Once when I was quite little I asked father why this was and he explained that it was due to our knowledge of beauty's evanescence, which reminds us that we ourselves shall die. Then he said I was probably too young to understand him; but I understood perfectly.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dodie Smith

... for I know I shall be interrupted-- I shall want to be, really, because life is too exciting to sit still for long.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Dodie Smith

I didn't make any mistake. I know that when he nearly asked me to marry him it was only on impulse It is part if a follow-my-leader game of second-best we have all been playing - Rose with Simon, Simon with me, me with Stephen and Stephen, I suppose, with that detestable Leda Fox-Cotton. It isn't a very good game; the people you play it with are apt to get hurt.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dodie Smith

How can a young man like to wear a beard?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dodie Smith

Father says hot water can be as stimulating as an alcoholic drink and though I never come by one...I can well believe it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dodie Smith

Sometimes [the expression] old age has a kind of harrowing beauty. But elderly - ugh!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dodie Smith

I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dodie Smith

Walking down Belmotte was the oddest sensation-- every step took us deeper into the mist until at last it closed over our heads. It was like being drowned in the ghost of water.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Dodie Smith

Of course, he sees creation as discovery. I mean, everything is already created, by the first cause---call it God if you like; everything is already there to be found.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Dodie Smith

Never have I felt so separate from her. And I regret to say that there were moments when my deep and loving pity for her merged into a desire to kick her fairly hard.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Dodie Smith

The thought came to me that perhaps it is the loving that counts, not the being loved in return - that perhaps true loving can never know anything but happiness.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dodie Smith

And no bathroom on earth will make up for marrying a bearded man you hate.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Dodie Smith

It was so nice that Simon was here for it - tell him I enjoyed every minute - ' it was glorious writing that - almost like telling him I was glad he'd kissed me. But after I'd posted the letter I was worried in case he guessed what I'd meant.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dodie Smith

I have found that sitting in a place where you have never sat before can be inspiring.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Dodie Smith

I suddenly knew that religion, God - something beyond everyday life - was there to be found, provided one is really willing. And I saw that though what I felt in the church was only imagination, it was a step on the way; because imagination itself can be a kind of willingness - a pretense that things are real, due to one's longing for them. It struck me that this was somehow tied up with what the Vicar said about religion being an extension of art - and then I had a glimpse of how religion can really cure you of sorrow; somehow make use of it, turn it to beauty, just as art can make sad things beautiful. I found myself saying: 'Sacrifice is the secret - you have to sacrifice things for art and it's the same with religion; and then the sacrifice turns out to be a gain.' Then I got confused and I couldn't hold on to what I meant - until Miss Blossom remarked: 'Nonsense, duckie - it's prefectly simple. You lose yourself in something beyond yourself and it's a lovely rest.' I saw that, all right. Then I thought: 'But that's how Miss Marcy cured her sorrow, too - only she lost herself in other people instead of in religion.' Which way of life was best - hers or the Vicar's? I decided that he loves God and merely likes the villagers, whereas she loves the villagers and merely likes God - and then I suddenly wondered if I could combine both ways, love God and my neighbor equally. Was I really willing to?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dodie Smith

Perhaps it would really be rather dull to be married and settled for life. Liar! It would be heaven.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dodie Smith

Am I really admitting that my sister is determined to marry a man she has only seen once and doesn't much like the look of? It is half real and half pretense - and I have an idea that it is a game most girls play when they meet an eligible young men. They just...wonder.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dodie Smith

I found it quite easy to carry on a casual conversation it was as if my real feelings were down fathoms deep in my mind and what we said was just a feathery surface spray.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dodie Smith

Ah, but you're the insidious type--Jane Eyre with of touch of Becky Sharp. A thoroughly dangerous girl.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dodie Smith

I'm convinced England's overflowing with eccentric people, places, happenings. Indeed, you might say eccentricity's normal in England.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dodie Smith

Perhaps watching someone you love suffer can teach you even more than suffering yourself can.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dodie Smith

How I wish I lived in a Jane Austen novel!