Penelope Fitzgerald Quotes (5 quotes)
“If they don't depend on true evidence, scientists are no better than gossips.”
The Gate of Angels (1998 edition), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - ISBN: 9780395848388
“I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections, Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling, Or just after.”
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird - Harmonium (1923)
“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control, and at times hard to handle, but if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”
“A doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn't pay his bill, so he gave him another six months.”
“Punning is an art of harmonious jingling upon words, which, passing in at the ears, excites a titillary motion in those parts; and this, being conveyed by the animal spirits into the muscles of the face, raises the cockles of the heart.”
The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, D. D. Arranged by Thomas Sheridan (J. Johnson, 1803), p. 125, "The Art of Punning"
“A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.”
Edmund Burke: Selected Writings and Speeches (1963 edition), Transaction Publishers - ISBN: 9781412822220
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Picture Source: WikipediaPenelope Fitzgerald
Born: December 17, 1916
Died: April 28, 2000 (aged 83)
Occupation: Poet, writer
Bio: Penelope Fitzgerald was a Booker Prize-winning English novelist, poet, essayist and biographer. In 2008, The Times included her in a list of The 50 greatest British writers since 1945. In 2012, The Observer named her final novel, The Blue Flower, as one of The 10 best historical novels.