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Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "The really essential factors of success in any undertaking are money and opportunity, and as a rule, the man who can make the first can make the second."

The really essential factors of success in any undertaking are money and opportunity, and as a rule, the man who can make the first can make the second.




Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "For the sole true end of education is simply this: to teach men how to learn for themselves and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain."

For the sole true end of education is simply this: to teach men how to learn for themselves and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "Lawyers enjoy a little mystery, you know. Why, if everybody came forward and told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth straight out, we should all retire to the workhouse."

Lawyers enjoy a little mystery, you know. Why, if everybody came forward and told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth straight out, we should all retire to the workhouse.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "Oh, well, faint heart never won so much as a scrap of paper"

Oh, well, faint heart never won so much as a scrap of paper




Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "I imagine you come across a number of people who are disconcerted by the difference between what you do feel and what they fancy you ought to feel. It is fatal to pay the smallest attention to them."

I imagine you come across a number of people who are disconcerted by the difference between what you do feel and what they fancy you ought to feel. It is fatal to pay the smallest attention to them.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman. But an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any force."

Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman. But an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any force.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "Some people's blameless lives are to blame for a good deal."

Some people's blameless lives are to blame for a good deal.




Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "A marriage of two independent and equally irritable intelligences seems to me reckless to the point of insanity."

A marriage of two independent and equally irritable intelligences seems to me reckless to the point of insanity.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "What'll Geoffrey do when you pull off your First, my child?" demanded Miss Ha"

What'll Geoffrey do when you pull off your First, my child?" demanded Miss Ha



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "To make a deliberate falsification for personal gain is the last, worst depth to which either scholar or artist can descend in work or"

To make a deliberate falsification for personal gain is the last, worst depth to which either scholar or artist can descend in work or



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "The worst sin-perhaps the only sin- passion can commit is to be joyless."

The worst sin-perhaps the only sin- passion can commit is to be joyless.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "You cannot do good work if you take your mind off the work to see how the community is taking it."

You cannot do good work if you take your mind off the work to see how the community is taking it.




Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "The planet's tyrant, dotard Death, had held his gray mirror before them for a moment and shown them the image of things to come."

The planet's tyrant, dotard Death, had held his gray mirror before them for a moment and shown them the image of things to come.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "I can't think why fancy religions should have such a ghastly effect on one's grammar. It's a kind of intellectual rot that sets in, I'm afraid."

I can't think why fancy religions should have such a ghastly effect on one's grammar. It's a kind of intellectual rot that sets in, I'm afraid.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "Books... are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with 'em, then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development."

Books... are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with 'em, then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "How can I find the words? Poets have taken them all and left me with nothing to say or do""Except to teach me for the first time what they meant."

How can I find the words? Poets have taken them all and left me with nothing to say or do""Except to teach me for the first time what they meant.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "[O]ne can scarcely be frightened off writing what one wants to write for fear an obscure reviewer should patronise one on that account."

[O]ne can scarcely be frightened off writing what one wants to write for fear an obscure reviewer should patronise one on that account.




Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "Forgiveness does not wipe away the consequences of the sin. The consequences are borne by somebody."

Forgiveness does not wipe away the consequences of the sin. The consequences are borne by somebody.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "If it ever occurs to people to value the honour of the mind equally with the honour of the body, we shall get a social revolution of a quite unparalleled sort."

If it ever occurs to people to value the honour of the mind equally with the honour of the body, we shall get a social revolution of a quite unparalleled sort.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "The more genuinely creative [the writer] is, the more he will want his work to develop in accordance with its own nature, and to stand independent of himself"

The more genuinely creative [the writer] is, the more he will want his work to develop in accordance with its own nature, and to stand independent of himself



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "At present we have no clear grasp of the principle that every man should do the work for which he is fitted by nature!"

At present we have no clear grasp of the principle that every man should do the work for which he is fitted by nature!




Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "Every woman is a human being-one cannot repeat that too often-and a human being must have occupation if he or she is not to become a nuisance to the world."

Every woman is a human being-one cannot repeat that too often-and a human being must have occupation if he or she is not to become a nuisance to the world.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "I love you - I am at rest with you - I have come home."

I love you - I am at rest with you - I have come home.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "The departure of the church-going element had induced a more humanitarian atmosphere."

The departure of the church-going element had induced a more humanitarian atmosphere.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "What we make is more important than what we are particularly if making is our profession."

What we make is more important than what we are particularly if making is our profession.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "A continued atmosphere of hectic passion is very trying if you haven't got any of your own."

A continued atmosphere of hectic passion is very trying if you haven't got any of your own.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "this is the weakness of most 'edifying' or 'propaganda' literature. There is no diversity...You cannot, in fact, give God His due without giving the devil his due also."

this is the weakness of most 'edifying' or 'propaganda' literature. There is no diversity...You cannot, in fact, give God His due without giving the devil his due also.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "That a work of creation struggles and insistently demands to be brought into being is a fact that no genuine artist would think of denying."

That a work of creation struggles and insistently demands to be brought into being is a fact that no genuine artist would think of denying.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "Salcombe Hardy groaned: "How long, O Lord, how long shall we have to listen to all this tripe about commercial arsenic? Murderers learn it now at their mother's knee."

Salcombe Hardy groaned: "How long, O Lord, how long shall we have to listen to all this tripe about commercial arsenic? Murderers learn it now at their mother's knee.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "Every time a man expects, as he says, his money to work for him, he is expecting other people to work for him."

Every time a man expects, as he says, his money to work for him, he is expecting other people to work for him.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "(One character on another:)"Don't you know that I passionately dote on every chin on his face?"

(One character on another:)"Don't you know that I passionately dote on every chin on his face?



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "For God's sake, let's take the word 'possess' and put a brick round its neck and drown it ... We can't possess one another. We can only give and hazard all we have."

For God's sake, let's take the word 'possess' and put a brick round its neck and drown it ... We can't possess one another. We can only give and hazard all we have.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "The only sin passion can commit is to be joyless."

The only sin passion can commit is to be joyless.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought."

A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "I have the most ill-regulated memory. It does those things which it ought not to do and leaves undone the things it ought to have done. But it has not yet gone on strike altogether."

I have the most ill-regulated memory. It does those things which it ought not to do and leaves undone the things it ought to have done. But it has not yet gone on strike altogether.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "But that's men all over ... Poor dears, they can't help it. They haven't got logical minds."

But that's men all over ... Poor dears, they can't help it. They haven't got logical minds.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "He was being about as protective as a can-opener."

He was being about as protective as a can-opener.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "Heaven deliver us, what's a poet? Something that can't go to bed without making a song about it."

Heaven deliver us, what's a poet? Something that can't go to bed without making a song about it.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "People who prefer to believe the worst of others will breed war and religious persecutions while the world lasts."

People who prefer to believe the worst of others will breed war and religious persecutions while the world lasts.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "Do you know how to pick a lock?""Not in the least, I'm afraid.""I often wonder what we go to school for, " said Wimsey."

Do you know how to pick a lock?""Not in the least, I'm afraid.""I often wonder what we go to school for, " said Wimsey.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "I give you full credit for the discovery, I crawl, I grovel, my name is Watson, and you need not say what you were just going to say, because I admit it all."

I give you full credit for the discovery, I crawl, I grovel, my name is Watson, and you need not say what you were just going to say, because I admit it all.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "She reflected she must be completely besotted with Peter, if his laughter could hallow an aspidistra."

She reflected she must be completely besotted with Peter, if his laughter could hallow an aspidistra.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "Trouble shared is trouble halved."

Trouble shared is trouble halved.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "in the linked arms of Bacchus and Aphrodite."

in the linked arms of Bacchus and Aphrodite.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it."

The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force."

Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force.



Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes: "The characteristic common to God and man is apparently that: the desire and the ability to make things."

The characteristic common to God and man is apparently that: the desire and the ability to make things.