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Margery Allingham Quotes





Chemists employed by the police can do remarkable things with blood. They can weave it into a rope to hang a man.
 

He did not arrive at this conclusion by the decent process of quiet, logical deduction, nor yet by the blinding flash of glorious intuition, but by the shoddy, untidy process halfway between the two by which one usually gets to know things.
 

I am one of those people who are blessed ... with a nature which has to interfere. If I see a thing that needs doing I do it.
[Positive]
 

I am one of those people who are blessed, or cursed, with a nature which has to interfere. If I see a thing that needs doing I do it.
[Blessed]
 

If one cannot command attention by one's admirable qualities one can at least be a nuisance.
 

Mourning is not forgetting. ... It is an undoing. Every minute tie has to be untied and something permanent and valuable recovered and assimilated from the dust.
 

The optimism of a healthy mind is indefatigable.
[Positive]
 

Waiting is one of the great arts.
[Self Control]
 

When one kicks over a tea table and smashes everything but the sugar bowl, one may as well pick that up and drop it on the bricks, don't you think?
 

When the habitually even-tempered suddenly fly into a passion, that explosion is apt to be more impressive than the outburst of the most violent amongst us.
[Enthusiasm]