A place where I can share the quotes that I have collected (and keep collecting) over the years. I have gathered them from all sorts of sources. The "Quote of the Day" posts will always be a quote from a book and may be on any topic.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Quote It! Saturday

This blog is, of course, devoted to quotes. But Freda's Voice has a wonderful meme called Quote It! that I cannot resist participating in. You can post as many quotes as you like. To join in, hop on over to Freda's place!

I am WAY behind this time. I've done pretty well on keeping up with my blogging on my main reading blog (even though life is totally crazy at the moment), but keeping up with the quotes just hasn't been happening.

Here' s a week's worth of quotes from one of my favorite vintage mysteries:


Reading aloud what one has written seems to me almost the least amiable of the practices of humanity; but it is a common passion and very dangerous to thwart. I have suffered a good deal from it in my time. But I have always tried to listen with good grace. If one is going to be martyred, one may as well do it in style.

Death Under Sail (p. 19)
--C. P. Snow


Getting up slowly [in the morning] is the chief aim of a perfect life.

Tonia Gilmour
Death Under Sail (p. 24)
--C. P. Snow


If you look at it properly, detective stories are a sign of civilization. And the investigation of crime is a sign of all the good in our modern world.

Detective Sgt. Aloysius Birrell
Death Under Sail (p. 42)
--C. P. Snow


A detective sergeant wildly enthusiastic over criminal investigation was strange enough, but a detective sergeant with the susceptibility of a Victorian heroine was incredible.

Death Under Sail (p. 49)
--C. P. Snow


We're all word-hypnotized. Philosophers and art critics and parsons and psychologists--they're all of them "Aloysius Birrells" thinking that when they've said "tempo" they've explained the universe.

Death Under Sail (p. 52)
--C. P. Snow


It's curious how completely powerless almost all Englishmen are, if they're brought up against genuinely thorough rudeness. And in our absurd muddle-headed way we always estimate it as a sign of character. Dr. Johnson and the Duke of Wellington and Queen Victoria and Mr. Shaw and Mr. Snowden--we find other reasons for approving of them, but actually we're just impressed by their sheer boorishness.

Death Under Sail (p. 59)
--C. P. Snow


...being successful in life depends on two gifts, and two only. One is to know where to go for anything you want to get done; the other is to be able to get it done for you.

Death Under Sail (p. 67)
--C. P. Snow


  1. great quotes, won't miss stopping by next week.

  2. Fantastic quotes! I really connect with Mondays'.

    Thanks as always for participating!