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Quotations From MARGARET HALSEY


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  • I doused the fatal instrument with lightning promptitude, but it was a good seven minutes before the last indignant handkerchief had folded its wings and gone back to its reticule and the last manufactured cough died protestingly away.
    Margaret Halsey (b. 1910), U.S. author. "20 June," pt. 2, With Malice Toward Some (1938). On smoking in a London hotel.

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  • He has the common feeling of his profession. He enjoys a statement twice as much if it appears in fine print, and anything that turns up in a footnote ... takes on the character of divine revelation.
    Margaret Halsey (b. 1910), U.S. author. "June 26," pt. 2, With Malice Toward Some (1938). Said of her husband.
  • Englishwomen's shoes look as if they had been made by someone who had often heard shoes described, but had never seen any.
    Margaret Halsey (b. 1910), U.S. author. With Malice Toward Some, pt. 2 (1938).
  • The boneless quality of English conversation, which, so far as I have heard it, is all form and no content. Listening to Britons dining out is like watching people play first-class tennis with imaginary balls.
    Margaret Halsey (b. 1910), U.S. author. "June 12," pt. 1, With Malice Toward Some (1938).

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  • Humility is not my forte, and whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people's characters.
    Margaret Halsey (b. 1910), U.S. author. "June 15," pt. 1, With Malice toward Some (1938).

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