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Taylor Caldwell Quotes


An Anglo-American novelist and author of popular fiction, also known by the pen names Marcus Holland and Max Reiner, and by her married name of J. Miriam Reback.
(1900 - 1985)

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A man who feels, views life as a tragedy. A man who thinks, views life as a comedy.
 

A wise man distrusts his neighbor. A wiser man distrusts both his neighbor and himself. The wisest man of all distrusts his government.
 

A writer has got to be a cynic. You've got to look at life clearly. No rose-colored glasses. The human race is not very admirable. It was a big mistake of God's...I think I appeal to readers because there's nothing false or hypocritical in what I write. And they recognize themselves, they recognize their fears. And they know what bastards they are.
 

Are we not all desperate one way or another?
 

At 8, I made a pact with God.
 

Character, I am sure, lies in the genes.
 

Despair is sometimes the great energizer of the mind, though sometimes its flowering may be sterile.
 

Do not believe for an instant that the world's conspiring elite in every nation have so much as a serious quarrel among them. They have just one object: control through tribute. Your slavery, through tribute, and mine... Behind this attack are the self-styled elite, secure in their own power and riches... To be effective we must direct our attacks on the real criminals, the wealthy, and powerful and secret elite of all the world - the conspirators laboring day and night to enslave us.
 

Even the most malignant gods would not continue to inflict life upon humanity, time without end.
 

Giving a phenomenon a label does not explain it.
 

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.
[Self Control]
 

Honest men live on charity in their age; the almshouses are full of men who never stole a copper penny. Honest men are the fools and the saints.
 

I am a Westerner of Westerners!
 

I am deeply convinced that happiness does not exist in this world.
 

I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the word seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.
 

I am not convinced that there is such a thing as a soul.
 

I am the skeptic of skeptics.
 

I converse with my dog through ESP.
 

I gratefully look forward to oblivion, but I must be sure of it.
 

I have always had a horror and detestation of poverty.
 


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