P. D. James Quotes

Who was P. D. James?

Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park, known professionally as P. D. James, was an English novelist and life peer.

Born August 3, 1920
Died November 27, 2014
Aged 94 years old

Best 8 Quotes by P. D. James

“A nation that can't remember its dead will soon cease to be worth dying for.”

“Don't just plan to write – write. It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.”

“I believe that political correctness can be a form of linguistic fascism, and it sends shivers down the spine of my generation who went to war against fascism.

“Increase your word power. Words are the raw material of our craft. The greater your vocabulary the more ­effective your writing. We who write in English are fortunate to have the richest and most versatile language in the world. Respect it.”

“What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give.”

“What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order.”

“When I heard, Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, I thought, Did he fall or was he pushed?”

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“Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell.”

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