Only Agatha Christie can write like Agatha Christie.
In the course of her education she had gone through the history usually put into the hands of young people… now her ripened reason gave to her present study at least the advantage of novelty.
There is an optical illusion about every person we meet.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
When will government cease being a nuisance to everybody?
Those who speak of our culture as dead or dying have a quarrel with life, and I think they cannot understand its terms, but must endlessly repeat the projection of their own desires.
Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.
A pessimist and an optimist, so much the worse; so much the better.
In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.
I didn’t learn much about writing at Sarah Lawrence, but I learned a lot about the sources of poems – dreams, myth, history – from the really great teachers, Joseph Campbell, Charles Trinkhaus, Bert Loewenberg, and a young Australian anthropologist named Harry Hawthorne.