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Quotes of the day: Dorothy Sayers

The Passive Guy often posts quotes, which I appreciate on my way past. However, I especially liked this short quotes today:

Those who prefer their English sloppy have only themselves to thank if the advertisement writer uses his mastery of the vocabulary and syntax to mislead their weak minds.Dorothy L. Sayers

Ah, Dorothy Sayers! If she were a contemporary author, she’d probably wear this t-shirt:

Which is a nice variant on this particular t-shirt theme, I have to add.

Let me see if I can find some more especially good Sayers quotes. … All right, how about this one:

The popular mind has grown so confused that it is no longer able to receive any statement of fact except as an expression of personal feeling.

Wow. Snarky, pithy, and, I fear, all too accurate. She wrote that 78 years ago, in The Mind of the Maker, but she might as well have said it yesterday.

Here’s another:

We are much too much inclined in these days to divide people into permanent categories, forgetting that a category only exists for its special purpose and must be forgotten as soon as that purpose is served.

Again, both astute and relevant to modern life. That one is from Are Women Human? Penetrating, Sensible, and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society

One more:

People who prefer to believe the worst of others will breed war and religious persecutions while the world lasts.

That’s from The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers: 1899-1936: The Making of a Detective Novelist

I just thought I’d choose quotes from Sayers’ nonfiction. One can find a thousand pithy, accurate quotes from Gaudy Night — by far my favorite of her Peter Whimsy novels — but if you’ve never read any of her nonfiction, well, it’s worth taking a look at as well.

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