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 :: 1920-, British Mystery Writer

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A man who lives with nature is used to violence and is companionable with death. There is more violence in an English hedgerow than in the meanest streets of a great city.
~ P. D. James - [Nature]

 

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God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into the nest.
~ P. D. James - [Effort]

 

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Great literature cannot grow from a neglected or impoverished soil. Only if we actually tend or care will it transpire that every hundred years or so we might get a Middlemarch.
~ P. D. James - [Literature]

 

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I find it extraordinary that a straightforward if inelegant device for ensuring the survival of the species should involve human beings in such emotional turmoil. Does sex have to be taken so seriously?
~ P. D. James - [Sex]

 

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No one has it who isn't capable of genuinely liking others, at least at the actual moment of meeting and speaking. Charm is always genuine; it may be superficial but it isn't false.
~ P. D. James - [Charm]

 

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There comes a time when every scientist, even God, has to write off an experiment.
~ P. D. James - [Science and Scientists]

 

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