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1MDGentleReader
Edited: Nov 13, 2014, 2:34pm

Prayer did not come easily to me for I always feel that prayer is a silent things, and opening of the heart. To ask for earthly benefits, to reel out a list of requirements and expect them to be supplied is not prayer. It is putting God in the same category as an intelligent grocer.”

D.E. Stevenson, The Young Clementina

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2MDGentleReader
Edited: Nov 13, 2014, 2:33pm

The storyteller has always been a valuable member of society. Even in prehistoric times when men hunted wild beasts and lived in caves they sat around the campfire at night and listened to stories. Your profession is one of the oldest in the world and one of the most useful... And we need stories more than ever now. We need stories to entertain us, to help us to forget our troubles, to fill our lives with colour.”

― D.E. Stevenson, Anna and Her Daughters

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3MDGentleReader
Edited: Nov 13, 2014, 2:34pm

“Poverty is easy to bear if it is only temporary, easier still if it is an entirely voluntary burden.”
D.E. Stevenson, Miss Buncle's Book

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4MDGentleReader
Edited: Nov 13, 2014, 2:34pm

“Few of us have the necessary unselfishness to hear with gladness the talents of others extolled or to listen with patience to the successes of those whom we despise—Vivian”

D.E. Stevenson, Miss Buncle's Book

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5MDGentleReader
Nov 13, 2014, 11:56am

“It is curious, isn’t it, that things you know well never look dirty and dilapidated—other people’s old furniture looks shabby and moth-eaten. “I would never have that horrible old couch in my room,” you say. But your own old couch is every bit as bad and you are not disgusted with its appearance; it is your friend, you see, and you remember it when it was new and smart. Friends that you have known for a long time and love very dearly never seem to grow old.”
― D.E. Stevenson, The Young Clementina

6MDGentleReader
Edited: Nov 13, 2014, 2:35pm

“What fools the public were! They were exactly like sheep…thought Mr. Abbott sleepily…following each other’s lead, neglecting one book and buying another just because other people were buying it, although, for the life of you, you couldn’t see what the one lacked and the other possessed.”

D.E. Stevenson, Miss Buncle's Book

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7MDGentleReader
Edited: Nov 13, 2014, 2:34pm

...some people might think our lives dull and uneventful, but it does not seem so to us. ...it is not travel and adventure that make a full life. There are adventures of the spirit and one can travel in books and interest oneself in people and affairs. One need ever be dull as long as one has friends to help, gardens to enjoy and books in the long winter evenings.”

D.E. Stevenson, Listening Valley

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8MDGentleReader
Edited: Nov 13, 2014, 2:35pm

“Most people, looking back at their childhood, see it as a misty country half-forgotten or only to be remembered through an evocative sound or scent, but some episodes of those short years remain clear and brightly coloured like a landscape seen through the wrong end of a telescope.”

D.E. Stevenson, Listening Valley

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9MDGentleReader
Nov 13, 2014, 11:57am

“A fat, stolid young man came forward to serve us. "A drinking trough for a dog. Yes, Moddam. Would you prefer a plain trough or one with 'dog' written on it?"
Paula looked at him gravely. "It doesn't really matter," she replied. "My dogs can't read and my husband never drinks water.”
― D.E. Stevenson, The Young Clementina

10MDGentleReader
Nov 13, 2014, 11:59am

I dive backwards into my room and pull the curtains, and Tim comes galloping up the stairs to see what on earth is the matter. Of course, I throw a pillow at him, which catches him fair and square and nearly knocks his breath away. After that he seizes me round the waist and we waltz madly round the room.

Feel ten years younger after this absurd performance, and decide that I don't care a button what the Man Who Lives Next Door thinks of me - these little idiocies are the salt of life.
― D.E. Stevenson, Mrs. Tim of the Regiment

11MDGentleReader
Nov 13, 2014, 11:59am

“She might or might not have "an imagination" (Arthur could not be sure of that), but she certainly had and extraordinary power of getting underneath people's skins. Without being conscious of it herself she was able to sum up a person or a situation in a few minutes, People's very bones were bare to her-and she had no idea of it.”
― D.E. Stevenson, Miss Buncle Married

12MDGentleReader
Nov 13, 2014, 12:00pm

“It was curious that when we had been able to buy new clothes when we wanted we had never really appreciated them nor enjoyed them. You have to be in the position of needing things very badly indeed before you can appreciate possessing them.”
― D.E. Stevenson, Anna and Her Daughters

13MDGentleReader
Nov 13, 2014, 12:00pm

“In a new friend we start life anew, for we create a new edition of ourselves and so become,for the time being, a new creature.”
― D.E. Stevenson

14MDGentleReader
Nov 13, 2014, 12:10pm

My books are all novels as it is the human element which interests me most in life; some of my books are light and amusing and others are serious studies of character, but they are human and carefully thought out, and perhaps it is for these two reasons that my public is so diverse and ranges from university professors to old ladies and small boys!
― D.E. Stevenson

15SylviaC
Nov 13, 2014, 1:35pm

The Young Clementina is quite quotable, isn't it?

162wonderY
Nov 13, 2014, 1:41pm

>5 MDGentleReader: Very true!

Your first post reminded me that I had returned my library copy of another book before copying out a few lines. Had to order it back again. Luckily, it's the only copy in the system, 'cause I write the page numbers in very light pencil in the back of the book, and erase when I'm done.

17MDGentleReader
Nov 13, 2014, 2:41pm

>15 SylviaC:. Indeed. I've never forgotten the intelligent grocer bit. I was hoping to find more quotes on line about her take on writing - a lot of it is in the last bit of Found in the Attic. I think the difficulty will be in pruing when I get my copy in hand in front of a computer.

>7 MDGentleReader: Love this bit from Anna and Her Daughters: "One need ever be dull as long as one has friends to help, gardens to enjoy and books in the long winter evenings.” A good definition of the good life, I think.

>16 2wonderY:, Yes.

18MDGentleReader
Nov 13, 2014, 2:41pm

"Perhaps it is better to give than to receive but it is best to do both, and to do it graciously in the Christmas spirit."
Dorothy Emily Stevenson, Vittoria Cottage

19MDGentleReader
Nov 13, 2014, 3:02pm

"“I look forward to this all day – sprawling and drinking tea and saying whatever happens to come into my head. Heaven will be like this – not golden gates and harps.”

D E Stevenson, The Four Graces

20MDGentleReader
Nov 13, 2014, 3:04pm

"Franz sighed. It was so difficult. What were these people really like inside? They made fun of everything, they insulted each other…and laughed; they reviled their superior officers and criticised their government and its administration. To Franz they were like people from another planet and the more he saw of them the more incompetent he was to understand them."

D E Stevenson, The English Air

21MDGentleReader
Nov 13, 2014, 3:05pm

"“What have you been doing all day, Cousin Sophie?”

“I was very lazy. I got a new book from the library and I’ve been reading all afternoon.”

“It is very interesting?” Frank inquired.

“Yes…no,” said Sophie in a doubtful tone. “I mean you wouldn’t like it, dear. It isn’t very good, I’m afraid, but it’s the sort of book I like. It’s about nice people and it ends properly – she marries the right man and they live happily ever after.”

“Have you looked at the end?”

“Of course not, but Elaine Elkington’s books are all like that. You can trust her to end it all happily – such a comfort! Some of the books nowadays begin quite nicely and cheerfully and then, half way through, they go all wrong and make you miserable. You’ve begun to like the people by that time, so it isn’t fair.”"

- D E Stevenson, The English Air

22MDGentleReader
Nov 13, 2014, 3:06pm

"None of us could bear the war if we allowed ourselves to brood upon the wickedness of it and the misery it has entailed, so the only thing to do is not allow oneself to think about it seriously, but just to skitter about on the surface of life like a waterbeetle. In this way one can carry on and do one’s bit and remain moderately cheerful."

D E Stevenson, Mrs. Tim Carries On

23MDGentleReader
Nov 13, 2014, 3:07pm

"The experience of listening to someone else waxing lyrical over the good qualities of my offspring is unprecedented, and I cannot help thinking that Mary is an exceedingly perspicacious woman, and that her conversation is intensely interesting…but fortunately I am able to smile at myself…"

D E Stevenson, Mrs. Tim Carries On

24MDGentleReader
Nov 13, 2014, 3:08pm

"Now that I have time to observe Tim, I have discovered what the difference in him really is – the ‘something new’ which I noticed in him on the night he arrived home. Up to now I have always felt that I was older than Tim – not older in years, of course, but older in spirit. I have felt that Tim was my junior partner, a sort of large child to be humoured and managed and loved, but now our relationship has changed and, all of a sudden, Tim is the elder. He has borne tremendous responsibilities; he has met and overcome desperate dangers, and in the course of a few weeks he has endured a lifetime of suffering. When this is understood it is easy to see why he seems older."

D E Stevenson, Mrs. Tim Carries On

25SylviaC
Nov 13, 2014, 6:10pm

>24 MDGentleReader: That is the point in the series that Tim becomes real for me. Before that he was pretty much in the background.

26MDGentleReader
Nov 14, 2014, 11:04pm

>25 SylviaC:, he was almost mythical before then.

27MDGentleReader
Nov 22, 2014, 6:46pm

"And they're frightfully devoted to each other," continued Sam eagerly. "It's rather nice, that, isn't it?"
Jerry nodded. "It is, rather," she agreed. "It makes a nice sort of atmosphere, doesn't it? I don't mean sloppiness, of course - that sort of thing always gives me the creeps - but real friendly love."

Miss Buncle Married

28MDGentleReader
Nov 22, 2014, 6:51pm

He put down his paper without regret, and looked at his wife, and, as he looked at her, he smiled because she was nice to look at, and because he loved her, and because she amused and interested him enormously. They had been married for nine months now, and sometimes he thought he knew her through and through, and sometimes he thought he didn't know the first thing about her - theirs was a most satisfactory marriage.

Miss Buncle Married