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Rosamond Lehmann

  • Holidays, if you enjoy them, have no history.

  • It's the thought that counts.

  • In a corner of the churchyard grew a plantation of white violets, enormously plump and prosperous-looking. ... I saw the dead stretched out under me in the earth, feeding these flowers with a thin milk drawn from their bones.

  • She went over to the mirror ... glancing at herself sidelong, as women do who think they have lost their beauty; repudiating a complete reflection.

  • Looking back into childhood is like looking into a semi-transparent globe within which people and places lie embedded. A shake — and they stir, rise up, circle in inter-weaving groups, then settle down again.

  • Convention is another name for the habits of society.

  • One must have the humility and the imagination to honor all deep human experiences — not least those one has never come near to sharing.

  • How long, I wonder, will ignorance spell purity and knowledge shame?

  • One should always act from one's inner sense of rhythm.

  • But poetry is not to be lived, except for the few to whom it is more important than self-preservation.

  • One can present people with opportunities. One cannot make them equal to them.

  • ... when two people unite, kindness must be mutual, or shocking things will happen.

  • [On Ian Fleming:] The trouble with Ian is that he gets off with women because he can't get on with them.

    • Rosamond Lehmann,
    • in John Pearson, The Life of Ian Fleming ()
  • ... anything that becomes a cult, or a mass movement, loses its moral and spiritual value. The crusade has to be personal, individual. As soon as it becomes collective it loses its purpose.

    • Rosamond Lehmann,
    • in Shusha Guppy, Looking Back ()

Rosamond Lehmann, English writer

(1901 - 1990)

Full name: Rosamond Nina Lehmann.