Quotes from A Morbid Taste for Bones

Ellis Peters ·  197 pages

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“It's a kind of arrogance to be so certain you're past redemption.”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


“I do believe I begin to grasp the nature of miracles! For would it be a miracle, if there was any reason for it? Miracles have nothing to do with reason. Miracles contradict reason, they strike clean across mere human deserts, and deliver and save where they will. If they made sense, they would not be miracles.”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


“Meet every man as you find him, for we're all made the same under habit, robe or rags. Some better made than others, and some better cared for, but on the same pattern, all.”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


“... there are as holy persons outside orders as ever there are in, and not to trifle with truth, as good men out of the Christian church as most I've met within it. In the Holy Land I've known Saracens I’d trust before the common run of the crusaders, men honourable, generous and courteous, who would have scorned to haggle and jostle for place and trade as some of our allies did. Meet every man as you find him, for we’re all made the same under habit or robe or rags. Some better made than others, and some better cared for, but on the same pattern all.”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


“God, nevertheless, required a little help from men, and what he mostly got was hindrance.”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones



“Meet every man as you find him, for we’re all made the same under habit or robe or rags. Some better made than others, and some better cared for, but on the same pattern all. But”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


“I think there are some who live on a knife-edge in the soul, and at times are driven to hurl themselves into the air, at the mercy of heaven or he'll which way to fall.”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


“The best way to get the sweet out of children and escape the bitter is to have them by proxy.”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


“When harried, we go as far as we dare, and with those we're sure of we dare go very far, knowing where forgiveness is certain.”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


“I do believe I begin to grasp the nature of miracles! For would it be a miracle, if there was any reason for it? Miracles have nothing to do with reason. Miracles contradict reason, they strike clean across mere human deserts, and deliver and save where they will. If they made sense, they would not be miracles, And he was comforted and entertained, and fell asleep again readily, feeling that all was well with a world he had always know to be peculiar and perverse.”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones



“I’ve known Saracens I’d trust before the common run of the crusaders, men honourable, generous and courteous, who would have scorned to haggle and jostle for place and trade as some of our allies did. Meet every man as you find him, for we’re all made the same under habit or robe or rags. Some better made than others, and some better cared for, but on the same pattern all”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


“When I want to hear my echo,” said Brother Cadfael, “I will at least speak first.”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


“A girl like a squirrel! As swift, as sudden, as black and as red!”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


“God resolves all given time,” said Cai philosophically and trudged away into darkness. And Cadfael returned along the path with the uncomfortable feeling that God, nevertheless, required a little help from men, and what he mostly got was hindrance.”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


“Rhisiart was a big, bluff, hearty-looking man of about fifty, high-coloured and dark-haired, with a short, grizzled beard, and bold features that could be merry or choleric, fierce or jovial, but were far too expressive ever to be secretive or mean.”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones



“The lodging arrangements had certainly been inspired, though whether by an angel or an imp remained to be seen.”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


“Usually he overdid things, this time he got it right, or as right as something only equivocally right in itself can be got.”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


“Even the very system of bishoprics galled the devout adherents of the old, saintly Celtic church, that had no worldly trappings, courted no thrones, but rather withdrew from the world into the blessed solitude of thought and prayer.”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


“God sort all! As doubtless he is doing, now as ever!”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


“Miracles have nothing to do with reason. Miracles contradict reason, they strike clean across mere human deserts, and deliver and save where they will.”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones



“The saint is a good Welshwoman, and knows her countrymen. We are not quick in respect to rank or riches, we do not doff and bow and scrape when any man flaunts himself before us. We are blunt and familiar even in praise. What we value we value in the heart, and”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


“Official justice does not dig deep, but regards what comes readily to the surface, and draws conclusions accordingly.”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


“Even a saint may take pleasure, in retrospect, in having been once desired”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


“It’s a kind of arrogance to be so certain you’re past redemption.”
― Ellis Peters, quote from A Morbid Taste for Bones


About the author

Ellis Peters
Born place: in Horsehay, Shropshire, England, The United Kingdom
Born date September 28, 1913
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