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Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “There are so many people who would love to be able to live in peace, but there are so many others who do not want to let them. Mr.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “Insincerity had never come easily to her, but good manners required it on occasion, even if a superhuman effort was needed.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “Many of my books are written from a female perspective. I rather enjoy the take that women have on the world, and certainly I enjoy the conversations that women have.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “Any author of fiction will tell you that characters don’t need to be told what to do.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “If people came at you and started to scratch you, then of course you had the right to sit on them.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “What else do you need in life, Mma? You have a fine husband – which is one of the most important things that anybody can have.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “I’m very interested in tea. I wouldn’t mind being involved in some aspect of the tea industry.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “Already many of the memories of the previous two weeks had faded: the smell of that small hotel in St. Andrews; that mixture of bacon cooking for breakfast and the lavender-scented soap in the bathroom; the air from the sea drifing across the golf course; the aroma of coffee in the coffee bar in South Street. She should have noted them down. She should have said something about all that and the light and the hills with sheep on them like small white stones.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “But he’ll never be fully recognised, because Scots literature these days is all about complaining and moaning and being injured in one’s soul.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “It would be wonderful to have a guru; it would be like having a social worker or a personal trainer, not that people who had either of these necessarily appreciated the advice they received.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “It was curious how some people had a highly developed sense of guilt, she thought, while others had none. Some people would agonise over minor slips or mistakes on their part, while others would feel quite unmoved by their own gross acts of betrayal or dishonesty.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “Believe me, there’s nothing more brittle than human beauty. Encounter it. Savour it, by all means. Then watch how it turns to dust.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “All suspects should be given the chance to telephone their lawyers or their mothers, and it would not be surprising if they chose to call their mothers. After all, your mother is fall more likely to believe in your innocence than your lawyer.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “Our minds can come up with the most entertaining possibilities, if we let them. But most of the time, we keep them under far too close a check.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “Eating with others was different from just talking to them – it was an act of commitment, a recognition of shared humanity. We all share these physical needs, it said; we are brothers and sisters in our vulnerability.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “Sometimes it was difficult to be as tolerant as he wanted to be; but then, thought Ulf, the whole point about high ideals is that they are high. Being Swedish was not always easy, but you had to do your best, and hope that you didn’t slip, and become... well, Mediterranean in outlook.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “If she was going to remain an engaged lady, then she would make the most of it, and one of the ways to do this would be to enjoy her free time.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “When we dismiss or deny the hopes of others, she thought, we forget that they, like us, have only one chance in this life.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “If we let the men talk about them and decide them, then suddenly we wake up and find out that the men have made all the decisions, and these decisions all suit men.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “She had never been able to tolerate dishonesty, which she thought threatened the very heart of relationships between people. If you could not count on other people to mean what they said, or to do what they said they would do, then life could become utterly unpredictable. The fact that we could trust one another made it possible to undertake the simple tasks of life.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “Very few people imagine their own future accurately. And then they’re often pleasantly surprised.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “I enjoy women’s conversation, and I think that helps me to describe them in fiction.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “We needed resentment, he said, as it was resentment which identified and underlined the wrong. Without these reactive attitudes, we ran the risk of diminishing our sense of right and wrong, because we could end up thinking it just doesn’t matter.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “Lions walk on four legs,” observed Mma Makutsi. “Was this man walking on four legs? That can be a big giveaway, Mma.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “It just did not make sense; unless, of course, as she had suggested, we all have a weak point, an area of intellectual or emotional vulnerability that may be quite out of keeping with out character.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “Life happens, she thought; whatever we do, life just happens.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “He tilted his hat back slightly, so that he could see the sky more clearly. It was so empty, so dizzying in its height, so unconcerned by the man who was crossing a field beneath it, and thinking as he did so.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “If you knew what is was like to be another person, then how could you possibly do something which would cause pain? The problem, though, was that there seemed to be people in whom that imaginative part was just missing. It could be that they were born that way – with something missing from their brains – or it could be that they became like that because they were never taught by their parents to sympathise with others.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “You can’t go through life saying “I hate mustard” because that is shutting off the possibility of change.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “Well, that’s the important thing, isn’t it, Mma? To feel happiness, and then to remember it.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “The Morning After Coffee Bar was different from the mass-produced coffee bars that had mushroomed on every street almost everywhere, a development which presaged the flattening effects of globalisation; the spreading, under a cheerful banner, of a sameness that threatened to weaken and destroy all sense of place.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “I’m saying that forgiveness is like the rain. That’s all I’m saying. It makes things better. Rain does that too.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “Plenty of people were writing novels; in fact, if one did a survey in the street, half of Edinburgh was writing a novel, and this meant that there really weren’t enough characters to go round. Unless, of course, one wrote about people who were themselves writing novels. And what would the novels that these fictional characters were writing be about? Well, they would be novels about people writing novels.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “People talk of the wrench of parting, and that, he felt, was exactly what it was. Take a metal object off a magnet and one would experience that – there was the draw, the tug, the flow of the bond even through the air, and then the sudden detaching as separation occurred. That was what it was like. That was human parting. You felt it; you felt the separation, just as you would feel the rending of tissue being pulled apart.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “But we cannot always choose whose lives will become entangled with our own; these things happen to us, come to us uninvited, and Mma Ramotswe understood that well.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “Lists, she thought, are the stories of our lives; they give a picture of who we are and what we do every day. The.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “I write four or five a books a year. That means that I usually have one on the go. I am fortunate in being able to write quickly – 1000 words an hour.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “And that, in a way, was the burden of being a philosopher: one knew what one had to do, but it was so often the opposite of what one really wanted to do.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “But please be careful – and never, never think that you are justified in doing something wrong just because you are trying to do something right.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “And God was here anyway, before the missionaries came. We called him by a different name, then, and he did not live over at the Jews’ place; he lived here in Africa, in the rocks, in the sky, in places where we knew he liked to be.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “The night is a very bad time for questions to which there are no answers.” Mr Badule looked at her. “You are very right, my sister. There is.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “Telling a person with toothache that there are others with greater toothache than their own was no help at all.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “None of us knows how we will cope with snakes until the moment arises, and then most of us find out that we do not do it very well. Snakes were one of the tests which life sent for us, and there was no telling how we might respond until the moment arrived. Snakes and men. These were the things sent to try women, and the outcome was not always what we might want it to be.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “Who can’t like pigs? They’re wonderful creatures! I’ve always liked pigs.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “Do not take on a traditionally built person unless you are prepared for a heavyweight bout.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “She remembered love, though, and a feeling of warmth. It was like remembering light, or the glow that sometimes persists after a light has gone out.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “You must not think that because one thing happens after another thing, then it is the first thing that causes the second thing. You must not think that, because it might not be true.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “The good were worthy of note because they battled and that battle was a great story, whereas the evil were evil because of moral laziness, or weakness, and that was ultimately a dull and uninteresting affair.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “Neighbours are given to us on the same basis as we are given our families. There is no element of choice involved – none at all.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “She had always worked as hard as she could, at everything she did, and she simply did not understand how anybody could do otherwise. How could they sit there, as they did, and stare into the space in front of their desks when they could be adding up figures or checking the drivers’ returns?”
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