Quotes from I Capture the Castle

Dodie Smith ·  343 pages

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“There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“How I wish I lived in a Jane Austen novel!”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“I shouldn't think even millionaires could eat anything nicer than new bread and real butter and honey for tea.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“I only want to write. And there's no college for that except life.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle



“When I read a book, I put in all the imagination I can, so that it is almost like writing the book as well as reading it - or rather, it is like living it. It makes reading so much more exciting, but I don't suppose many people try to do it.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“Perhaps watching someone you love suffer can teach you even more than suffering yourself can.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“Why is summer mist romantic and autumn mist just sad?”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle



“I like seeing people when they can't see me.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“I am a restlessness inside a stillness inside a restlessness.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“Even a broken heart doesn't warrant a waste of good paper.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“...I have noticed that when things happen in one's imaginings, they never happen in one's life, so I am curbing myself.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“Perhaps if I make myself write I shall find out what is wrong with me.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle



“And no bathroom on earth will make up for marrying a bearded man you hate.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“Only the margin left to write on now. I love you, I love you, I love you.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“He stood staring into the wood for a minute, then said: "What is it about the English countryside — why is the beauty so much more than visual? Why does it touch one so?"

He sounded faintly sad. Perhaps he finds beauty saddening — I do myself sometimes. Once when I was quite little I asked father why this was and he explained that it was due to our knowledge of beauty's evanescence, which reminds us that we ourselves shall die. Then he said I was probably too young to understand him; but I understood perfectly.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“Just to be in love seemed the most blissful luxury I had ever known. The thought came to me that perhaps it is the loving that counts, not the being loved in return—that perhaps true loving can never know anything but happiness. For a moment I felt that I had discovered a great truth.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“Oh, it is wonderful to wake up in the morning with things to look forward to!”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle



“I was wandering around as usual, in my unpleasantly populated sub-conscious...”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“Ah, but you're the insidious type--Jane Eyre with of touch of Becky Sharp. A thoroughly dangerous girl.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“It is rather exciting to write by moonlight.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“Truthfulness so often goes with ruthlessness. ”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“I have noticed that rooms which are extra clean feel extra cold”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle



“So many of the loveliest things in England are melancholy.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“I suppose the best kind of spring morning is the best weather God has to offer.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“It's odd how different a house feels when one is alone in it. It makes it easier to think rather private thoughts...”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“Rose doesn’t like the flat country, but I always did – flat country seems to give the sky such a chance.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle


“There is something revolting about the way girls' minds so often jump to marriage long before they jump to love.”
― Dodie Smith, quote from I Capture the Castle



About the author

Dodie Smith
Born place: in Whitefield, The United Kingdom
Born date May 3, 1896
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