Alexander Mccall Smith Quotes

Alexander Mccall Smith Quotes: Regular maps have few surprises: their contour lines reveal where the Andes are, and are reasonably clear. More precious, though, are the unpublished maps we make ourselves, of our city, our place, our daily world, our life; those maps of our private world we use every day; here I was happy, in that place I left my coat behind after a party, that is where I met my love; I cried there once, I was heartsore; but felt better round the corner..., things of that sort, our personal memories, that make the private tapestry of our lives.
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Alexander Mccall Smith Quote: Gracious acceptance is an art - an art which most never bother to cultivate. We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be much harder than giving.... Accepting another person's gift is allowing him to express his feelings for you.
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Quotes about Alexander Mccall Smith: I've also long since realized that the way to really engage children is to give out prizes; it's amazing how it concentrates their minds.
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Quote about Alexander Mccall Smith: Every novel presents a slice of life. A noir policier for example presents one slice, one that perhaps addresses social dysfunction or some sort of pathology, while mine present a slice that is more upbeat and affirmative.
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Alexander Mccall Smith Sayings: My wife Elizabeth and I started The Really Terrible Orchestra for people like us who are pretty hopeless musicians who would like to play in an orchestra. It has been a great success. We give performances; weve become the most famous bad orchestra in the world.
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Alexander Mccall Smith Saying: When you allow people to do what they wish, then that is what they do. They stop doing the things they need to do.
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Sayings about Alexander Mccall Smith: The people with the strong, brave exteriors are just as weak and vulnerable as the rest of us. And of course they never admit to their childish practices, their moments of weakness or absurdity, and then the rest of us think that's how it should be.
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Saying about Alexander Mccall Smith: How many of us are happy to be exactly where we are at any moment?...only the completely happy think that they are in the correct place.
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Alexander Mccall Smith Quotes: A wedding was a strange ceremony, she thought, with all those formal words, those solemn vows made by one to another; whereas the real question that should be put to the two people involved was a very simple one. Are you happy with each other? was the only question that should be asked; to which they both should reply, preferably in unison, Yes.
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Alexander Mccall Smith Quote: [Edinburgh] is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.
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Quotes about Alexander Mccall Smith: I can read more languages than I speak! I speak French and Italian - not very well, alas, but I can get by. I read German and Spanish. I can read Latin (I did a lot of Latin at school.) I'm afraid I do not speak any African languages, although I can understand a little bit of the Zulu-related languages, but only a tiny bit.
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Quote about Alexander Mccall Smith: Simple questions--and simple answers--were what we needed in life. That was what Mma Ramotswe believed. Yes.
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Alexander Mccall Smith Sayings: It seems to me that we're in danger of losing sight of certain basic civic values in society by allowing the growth of a whole generation of people who really have no sense of attachment to society.
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Alexander Mccall Smith Saying: None of us knows how we will cope with snakes until the moment arises, and then most of us find out that we do not do it very well.
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Sayings about Alexander Mccall Smith: I am often thanked by people for inventing the term traditionally built. The people who give me thanks for this are often traditionally built themselves.
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Saying about Alexander Mccall Smith: I think that we've made great moral progress in the second half of the 20th century in many respects, and particularly in relation to human rights but I think that we are losing sight of some of the values of concern for others, and self-respect and respect for others.
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