I never stop to plan. I take things step by step.
There is no such thing as perpetual tranquillity of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense.
Mother believed that I should have an enormous amount of sleep, and so I was never really tired when I went to bed. This was the best time of day, when I could lie in the vague twilight, drifting off to sleep, making up dreams inside my head the way they should go.
Success is counted sweetest by those who never succeed.
Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed was the ninth beatitude.
Agatha Christie never wrote books that just started with a dead body, and a ‘Let’s find out who the murderer is’, which is kind of mysterious but not that mysterious. She always started with, ‘How can this thing be happening; isn’t it strange?’
I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their understanding.
Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.
Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.
I never question God. Sometimes I say, ‘Why me? Why do I have such a hard life? Why do I have this disease? Why do I have siblings who died?’ But then I think and say, ‘Why not me?’