Best Quotes by Josephine Tey (Top 9)

  1. The trouble with you, dear, is that you think an angel of the Lord as a creature with wings, whereas he is probably a scruffy little man with a bowler hat.
  2. If you think about the unthinkable long enough it becomes quite reasonable.
  3. It's an odd thing but when you tell someone the true facts of a mythical tale they are indignant not with the teller but with you. They don't want to have their ideas upset. It rouses some vague uneasiness in them, I think, and they resent it. So they reject it and refuse to think about it. If they were merely indifferent it would be natural and understandable. But it is much stronger than that, much more positive. They are annoyed. Very odd, isn't it.
  4. Most people's first books are their best anyways. It's the one they wanted most to write.
  5. The truth of anything at all doesn't lie in someone's account of it. It lies in all the small facts of the time. An advertisement in a paper, the sale of a house, the price of a ring.
  6. Lack of education is an extraordinary handicap when one is being offensive.
  7. He knew by heart every last minute crack on its surface. He had made maps of the ceiling and gone exploring on them; rivers, islands, and continents. He had made guessing games of it and discovered hidden objects; faces, birds, and fishes. He made mathematical calculations of it and rediscovered his childhood; theorems, angles, and triangles. There was practically nothing else he could do but look at it. He hated the sight of it.
  8. A thousand people drowned in floods in China are news: a solitary child drowned in a pond is tragedy.
  9. In hospitals there is no time off for good behavior.