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Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes and Sayings

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Paradoxical as it may seem, to believe in youth is to look backward;
to look forward we must believe in age.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

Those who make some other person their job...
are dangerous.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

She always says, my lord, that facts are like cows.
If you look them in the face hard enough they generally run away.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

While time lasts there will always be a future,
and that future will hold both good and evil,
since the world is made to that mingled pattern.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

 

None of us feels the true love of God till we realize how wicked we are.
But you can't teach people that - they have to learn by experience.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

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

Death seems to provide the minds of the Anglo-Saxon
race with a greater fund of amusement than any other single subject.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

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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

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

There certainly does seem a possibility that the detective
story will come to an end,
simply because the public will have learnt all the tricks.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

The only sin passion can commit is to be joyless.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

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

Those who prefer their English sloppy have only themselves
to thank if the advertisement writer uses his mastery
of the vocabulary and syntax to mislead their weak minds.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

I always have a quotation for everything -
it saves original thinking.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

The English language has a deceptive air of simplicity;
so have some little frocks; but they are both not the
kind of thing you can run up in half an hour with a machine.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

As I grow older and older, And totter toward the tomb,
I find that I care less and less, Who goes to bed with whom.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

A human being must have occupation, of he or she is
not to become a nuisance to the world.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

If it were not for the war, this war would suit me down to the ground.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

A continual atmosphere of hectic passion is very trying
if you haven't got any of your own.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

Very dangerous things, theories.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

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

The words of truth are always paradoxical.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

Power is paradoxical.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

The mind begins to boggle at unnatural substances as
things paradoxical and incomprehensible.
- Robert South

The point of philosophy is to start with something
so simple as not to seem worth stating,
and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
- Bertrand Russell

We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education
has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.
- Bertrand Russell

As an actor, there's a bit of you that's decided you
want to be looked at and watched,
but there's a paradoxical bit that wants to run away.
- Ralph Fiennes

The Sophists' paradoxical talk pieces and their public
debates were entertainment in 5th century Greece.
And in that world, Socrates was an entertainer.
- David Antin

But human experience is usually paradoxical,
that means incongruous with the phrases of current
talk or even current philosophy.
- George Eliot

It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still
differentiate between a time for learning and a time
for play without seeing the vital connection between them.
- Leo Buscaglia

It is great good health to believe, as the Hindus do,
that there are 33 million gods and goddesses in the world.
It is great good health to want to understand one's dreams.
It is great good health to desire the ambiguous and paradoxical.
- Clive Barker

The new formula in physics describes humans as paradoxical
beings who have two complementary aspects:
They can show properties of Newtonian objects and also
infinite fields of consciousness.
- Stanislav Grof

The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and,
in a sense, tragic.
It requires the most intense love on the mother's side,
yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother,
and to become fully independent.
- Erich Fromm

Before I do a play I say that I hope it's going to
be for as short a time as possible but,
once you do it, it is a paradoxical pleasure.
One evening out of two there are five minutes of a
miracle and for those five minutes you want to do it again and again.
It's like a drug.
- Isabelle Huppert

It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important
principle of life that the most likely way to reach
a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but
at some more ambitious goal beyond it.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

For all sad words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are these, "It might have been.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

Your love is more powerful
than your words or your actions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
- Anonymous

Two little words that can make the difference: START NOW.
- Mary C. Crowley

Actions speak louder than words.
- Proverb

Your example is far more influential and inspiring
than any words of instruction, or threats,
or even words of encouragement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.
- Mother Teresa

Better than a thousand hollow words,
is one word that brings peace.
- The Buddha

Words are also actions,
and actions are a kind of words.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

The ultimate test of a man's conscience
may be his willingness to sacrifice something today
for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
- Gaylord Nelson

Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Trust only movement.
Life happens at the level of events, not of words.
Trust movement.
- Alfred Adler

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
- Mark Twain

Words are a lens to focus one's mind.
- Ayn Rand

As we express our gratitude,
we must never forget that the highest appreciation
is not to utter words, but to live by them.
- John F. Kennedy

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

In the uttermost meaning of the words,
thought is devout, and devotion is thought.
Deep calls unto deep.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I advocate speaking words of love
with all the sincerity that can be mustered,
as frequently as possible.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls.
- Simon and Garfunkel

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words;
it is expressed in the choices one makes...
and the choices we make
are ultimately our responsibility.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We must teach our children to resolve
their conflicts with words, not weapons.
- William J. Clinton

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
- Lao Tzu

Can you let go of words and ideas,
attitudes and expectations?
If so, then the Tao will loom into view.
- Lao Tzu

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words
than words without a heart.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Be who you are and say what you feel
because those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind.
- commonly but falsely attributed to Dr. Seuss,
this misquote consists of the Bernard Baruch quote,
"Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
with additional words added anonymously.

I soothe my conscience now with the thought that
it is better for hard words to be on paper
than that Mummy should carry them in her heart.
- Anne Frank

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.
It is an intelligence above language.
- Henry David Thoreau

We will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Praying without ceasing is not ritualized,
nor are there even words.
It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God.
- Peace Pilgrim

Forgiveness is the salve that heals
the wounds of unkind words and acts.
Forgive everyone for every hurt you have ever received -
for your own sake, that you may live in peace.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
'Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words
but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
- The Buddha

The magic words for a great family are,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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