And people in life hardly seem definite enough to appear in print. Theyare not good or bad enough, or clever or stupid enough, or comic or pitiful enough.
1945 Orion, no.1,'A Conversation'.
'Well, of course, people are only human,'said Dudley to his brother, as they walked to the house behind the women.'But it really does not seem much for them to be.'Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett
People don't resent having nothing nearlyas much as too little.Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett
It will be a beautiful family talk, mean and worried and full of sorrow and spite and excitement. I cannot be asked to miss it in my weak state. I should only fret.Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett
As regards plots I find real life no help at all. Real life seems to have no plots.Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett
There is more difference within the sexes than between them.Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett
When I die people will say it is the best thing for me. It is because they know it is the worst. They want to avoid the feeling of pity.Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett
There are different kinds of wrong. The people sinned against are not always the best.Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett
There's not much to say. I haven't been at all deedy.Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett
We must use words as theyare used, or stand aside from life.Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett