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Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “Putting Mr. Polopetsi in charge of the investigation is like putting a rabbit in charge of the airport.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “If only people could keep that in their minds – if they could remember that the people they met during the day had all the same hopes and fears that they had, then there would be so much less conflict and disagreement in this world. If only people remembered that, then they would be kinder to others – and kindness, Mma Ramotswe believed, was the most important thing there was. She knew that in the depths of her being; she knew it.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “But if you do not forgive, and you think all the time about getting even, or punishing somebody who has done you a wrong, what are you achieving?”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “They talked about the sorts of things they liked to talk about when there were no important decisions to be made and when the conversation could wander comfortably along uncluttered shores.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “She believed in getting as much use as possible from everything, and thought that as long as machinery, or anything else, could be cajoled into operation, it should be kept; to do otherwise, she thought, was wasteful.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “How can you have a peaceful country where one half of the population thinks that the other is wrong, or hostile, or determined to do them down? What better recipe for unhappiness was there than that?”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “But she realised that this was what anxiety was like – it knew no rhyme or reason; just as a fear of the dark cannot be assuaged by the pointing out that there was nothing there, anxiety could be without foundation.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “The world is full of twenty-year-olds, she thought, all of them blind. Obed.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “We put on our walls what we think is beautiful or inspiring, and if others think that it is manufactured or shallow, then they need not have it on their walls.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “The important thing is to carry on doing what you’re doing,’ she said. ‘And not to do what you think other people think you should do. You should do what you do as well as you possibly can.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “In her experience, the places one set off for were usually still there no matter when one arrived; it would be different, naturally enough, if towns, villages, houses moved – then one might have a real reason to hurry – but they did not.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “And perhaps a deliberate act of forgetting went along with forgiveness. You forgave, and then you said to yourself: Now I shall forget. Because if you did not forget, then your forgiveness would be tested, perhaps many times and in ways that you could not resist, and you might go back to anger, and to hating.”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “When meeting for lunch somebody one’s uncomfortable with, it’s important to have somewhere to look, don’t you agree?”
Alexander McCall Smith Quote: “I think that we’ve made great moral progress in the second half of the 20th century in many respects, and particularly in relation to human rights but I think that we are losing sight of some of the values of concern for others, and self-respect and respect for others.”
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