Phyllis Dorothy James

[Baroness James of Holland Park]

Phyllis Dorothy James Quotes

  • ''I find it extraordinary that a straightforward if inelegant device for ensuring the survival of the species should involve human beings in such emotional turmoil. Does sex have to be taken so seriously?''
    P.D. (Phyllis Dorothy) James (b. 1920), British mystery writer. Alice, in Devices and Desires, ch. 16 (1989). Full name is Phyllis Dorothy James White.
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  • ''Great literature cannot grow from a neglected or impoverished soil. Only if we actually tend or care will it transpire that every hundred years or so we might get a Middlemarch.''
    P.D. (Phyllis Dorothy) James (b. 1920), British mystery writer. Daily Telegraph (London, April 14, 1988). Full name is Phyllis Dorothy James White.
  • ''What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order.''
    P.D. (Phyllis Dorothy) James (b. 1920), British mystery writer. interview in Face (London, Dec. 1986). Pseudonym of Phyllis Dorothy James White.
  • ''A man who lives with nature is used to violence and is companionable with death. There is more violence in an English hedgerow than in the meanest streets of a great city.''
    P.D. (Phyllis Dorothy) James (b. 1920), British mystery writer. Jonah the tramp, in Devices and Desires, ch. 40 (1989).
  • ''Human kindness is like a defective tap, the first gush may be impressive but the stream soon dries up.''
    P.D. (Phyllis Dorothy) James (b. 1920), British mystery writer. Jonah the tramp, in Devices and Desires, ch. 40 (1989).

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