Penelope Fitzgerald Quotes

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Penelope Fitzgerald Quotes

Courage and endurance are useless if they are never tested.
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Duty is what no-one else will do at the moment.

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Helping other people is a drug so dangerous that there is no cure short of total abstention.

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More than that, I believe that the grass is green because green is restful to the human eye, that the sky is blue to give us an idea of the infinite. And that blood is red so that murder will be more easily detected and criminals will be brought to justice. Yes, and I believe that I shall live forever, but I shall live without reason.

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A word of advice. If, as a young man, student, you are tormented by a desire for women, it is best to get out into the fresh air as much as possible.

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But time given to wishing for what can't be is not only spent, but wasted, and for all that we waste we shall be accountable.

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The body, then, has a mind of its own. It must follow, then, that the Mind has a body of its own, even if it's like nothing that we can see around us, or have ever seen.

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In 1959 Florence Green occasionally passed a night when she was not absolutely sure whether she had slept or not. This was because of her worries as to whether to purchase a small property, the Old House, with its own warehouse on the foreshore, and to open the only bookshop in Hardborough. The uncertainty probably kept her awake. She had once seen a heron flying across the estuary and trying, while it was on the wing, to swallow an eel which it had caught. The eel, in turn, was struggling to escape from the gullet of the heron and appeared a quarter, a half, or occasionally three-quarters of the way out. The indecision expressed by both creatures was pitiable. They had taken on too much. Florence felt that if she hadn't slept at all-and people often say this when they mean nothing of the kind-she must have been kept awake by thinking of the heron.

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If they don't depend on true evidence, scientists are no better than gossips.

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Open the doors, the Russians say, here comes trouble. On

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It is interesting to note that everyone has a different take on the world, a different opinion, and given the same inputs have completely different outputs.

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Experiences aren't given to us to be 'got over,' otherwise they would hardly be experiences.

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