Phyllis Bottome Quotes


the unfortunate thing about worldliness is that its rewards are rather less than its appetites.

A refugee is as helpless as a new born child - but not so appealing! Besides a new born child has no memories!

Anger is like mild it should not be kept too long.

A red-hot belief in eternal glory is probably the best antidote to human panic that there is.

Nobody can afford to appear more pleasant than they really are!

... can life be made undignified by any act of man?

A desire that has never been fulfilled is considerably less acute than one that has been fulfilled and then checked at the source.

Neither situations nor people can be altered by the interference of an outsider. If they are to be altered that alteration must come from within.

We cannot alter facts but we can alter our ways of looking at them.

There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties or you alter yourself meeting them.

There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them.

... not being liked has a certain virtue about it if the reason for the dislike does not lie in yourself!

A blossom must break the sheath it has been sheltered by.

it is better in the long run to be cheated than to cheat. I have learned that there is no middle way.

The two best subjects for conversation are talking shop and making love.

Jane had that happy disposition which would like to imagine that every one really wishes the well-being of his neighbour and struggles though sometimes rather disastrously to help him towards it.

When lightning strikes the mouse is sometimes burned with the farm.

Death deceives relations often and doctors sometimes but the patient - never.

Truth is no man's slave - but lies - what magnificent servants they make ...

There's nothing final about a mistake except its being taken as final.

with courage a human being is safe enough. And without it - he is never for one instant safe!

Curses are children of hate; they belong to the wrong family! Prayers are better than curses!

A man whose every exertion is bent upon showing up the flaws in his wife's character must be at least partially responsible for some of them.

Things that happen however painful they are at the time do not matter very much for long. Only how we behave to them matters.

Time indeed has very little to do with living except at its beginning or near its end.

Curiosity is the only thing that really carries through time isn't it? The creative curiosity I mean which fights its way into expression?

I am never at picnics. The ground was not meant to be sat upon in its raw state I feel sure and I prefer my food without either caterpillars or drafts!

Feelings change facts ...

Truth though it has many disadvantages is at least changeless. You can always find it where you left it.

Personally I think it's a good way to let a child start right in with the laws of Nature before he's old enough to be surprised at them.

Some of us cling to our curses if we haven't anything better to cling to!

Luck enters into every contingency. You are a fool if you forget it -- and a greater fool if you count upon it.

If one has one cow it is always better not to be too familiar with those who have seven.

hurt vanity is one of the cruelest of mortal wounds.

it must depend as much upon the patient's willingness to be cured as upon the physician's skill in curing. There is neither force not magic in psychiatry.

We do good by ourselves but we seldom do wrong alone.

It's a good thing to learn early that other people's opinions do not matter unless they happen to be true.

... one pets what one degrades; and one has to support what one has enfeebled

This is the real tragedy of mankind that until now the spirit of man has not been able to free itself even along the path of its own development from the tentacles of self-deception.

Truth is its own defense.

All persecution is a sign of fear; for if we did not fear the power of an opinion different from our own we should not mind others holding it.

No emergency excuses you from exercising tolerance.

It is a very dangerous thing to have an idea that you will not practice.

It is very a dangerous thing to have an idea that you will not practice.

What are so mysterious as the eyes of a child?

To be in the right is often an expensive business.

When a reserved person once begins to talk nothing can stop him; and he does not want to have to listen until he has quite finished his unfamiliar exertion.

artists are exposed to great temptations: their eyes see paradise before their souls have reached it and that is a great danger.

to everything there is an end - except fear.

Every hen thinks she has laid the best egg! Can we not all believe as we choose? But the choice of others - what is that to us? Let them alone ...

... the ears of the hunted grow even keener than a hunter's.

When you know a person particularly well you cannot escape their ruffled feelings.

Neither saints nor angels have ever increased my faith in this enigma Life; but what are called 'common men and women' have increased it.

To see a shadow and think it is a tree that is a pity; but to see a tree and to think it a shadow can be fatal.

If a writer is true to his characters they will give him his plot. Observations must play second fiddle to integrity.

Marriage! ... Why it is like living in a thimble with a hippopotamus!

She believed in letting children have a certain amount of rope and only intervened at the last moment in order to prevent their hanging themselves by it.

I wonder how often not the intention but the desire springs up in a doctor's mind: 'Can I let this human being out of the trap of Life?

Where there is laughter there is always more health than sickness.

To be a Jew is to be strong with a strength that has outlived persecutions. It is to be wise against ignorance honest against piracy harmless against evil kind against cruelty

... a woman who has been a nun is never anything else.

Lots of men hate women now-a-days. ... It was a man-made world and now we're asking to go shares in the making.

Poets when they write of love give themselves and everyone else away!

When we refuse to accept our limitations Nature who is a stern realist pays us out.

People who talk of new lives believe there will be no new troubles.

it is the possibilities which are the most terrible things in life.

Our responsibility to ourselves comes first -- because in a sense what one is oneself is the responsibility that one has for others!

Taboos on the human heart are more dangerous than any risk we run by using our emotions. Sensation is the life of man; it is his actual energy. To suppress it is to lose creative power!

If money had been the way to save the world Christ himself would have been rich.

There is no thermometer for wants!