“There are defining moments in one's life when you learn about yourself, and you deposit that knowledge in the experience account, so you can draw on it at some later date.”
“The sign of a great man is how you handle defeat. - Old Jack”
“if you’ve got a problem, sleep on it before you make a decision you might later regret. Things always look rosier in the morning.”
“The remainder of my estate, including twenty-two percent of Barrington Shipping, as well as the Manor House—” Mr. Siddons couldn’t resist a glance in the direction of Lady Virginia Fenwick, who was sitting on the edge of her seat—“is to be left to my beloved … daughters Emma and Grace, to dispose of as they see fit, with the exception of my Siamese cat, Cleopatra, who I leave to Lady Virginia Fenwick, because they have so much in common. They are both beautiful, well-groomed, vain, cunning, manipulative predators, who assume that everyone else was put on earth to serve them, including my besotted son, who I can only pray will break from the spell she has cast on him before it is too late.”
“when there was a third rap.”
“But he knew that on the day of a general election, every candidate is convinced he is going to win, even the Liberals. Giles”
“She will open the conversation with a subject of her choice, to which you can respond appropriately. It is not considered courteous for you to ask her any questions, and you should address her as ma’am, which rhymes with jam, not harm.”
“for his presence will become clear.” They all sat down around a circular table in the center of the room. “I realize this meeting was called to discuss”
“He recalled Old Jack’s words after he’d scored a century at Lord’s: anyone can be a good winner. The sign of a great man is how you handle defeat.”
“Whenever you’re interviewed, think British, act Yiddish”
“anyone can be a good winner. The sign of a great man is how you handle defeat.”
“She would have made a great teacher, and hundreds of children would have benefited from her wisdom and common sense. The truth is, we lost two generations of men in world wars, and two generations of women who weren’t given the chance to take their places.”
“But then it was Thomas More who reminded us that when you don these robes you must be willing to make decisions that will rarely please all men. And indeed, my lords, on three such occasions in the past, the Lord Chancellor, having delivered his judgment, was later that day beheaded.’ The”
“Emma could be the offspring of the same father. At”
“By the way, where is the bitch?” Giles had thought there was nothing his sister could ever say that would shock him. How wrong he was. “I’ve no idea,” he eventually managed. “She hasn’t been in contact with me for over a year. But if you believe the Daily Express, she’s currently to be found in St. Tropez on the arm of an Italian”
“It would be fine, if only I knew how to turn the shower off.” Guinzburg laughed. “Perhaps you should ask Miss Redwood to come to your rescue.” “If she did, I’m not sure I’d know how to turn her off.” “Ah, so she’s already subjected you to her lecture on the importance of getting Nothing Ventured on to the bestseller list as quickly as possible.”
“vote tonight?” “I did not apply for”
“Sometimes you can’t find yourself until you’re lost.”
“I love you … no matter what happens later, I need you to know that. I do love you.”
“He rubbed his thumb over the smoothness of her cheek, thinking she was the most beautiful woman he’d ever known. “You don’t think you’re worth killing for?”
Her laugh was brittle. “Hardly.”
For a moment, there was only the sound of their breathing and the wind gusting through the trees. And then he said, “I disagree.”
She stared up at him, trembling, her eyes filled with the questions she couldn’t put into words.
“I mean it,” he rasped. “I would kill for you. Easily. Without remorse. Again and again.”
“They looked like the people you see on the six o’clock news—refugees, sent to wait in some strange ugly place, with all their boxes and sacks around them. It suddenly occurred to me that this was just the way it must have been for the real Holy Family, stuck away in a barn by people who didn’t much care what happened to them. They couldn’t have been very neat and tidy either, but more like this Mary and Joseph”
“I heard you calling to me, love. I'm sorry it took me so long it get here.”
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