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“There can be neither beauty, nor trust, nor security between a man and a woman if there is not truth.”
Grace Metalious, Peyton Place
“The public loves to create a hero....Sometimes I think they do it for the sheer joy of knocking him down from the highest peak. Like a child who builds a house of blocks and then destroys it with one vicious kick.”
Grace Metalious, Peyton Place
“If I'm a lousy writer, then an awful lot of people have lousy taste.”
Grace Metalious
“Indian summer is like a woman.”
Grace Metalious, Peyton Place
“She saw hopelessness as an old enemy, as persistent and inevitable as death.”
Grace Metalious, Peyton Place
“It was as if each of them sensed vaguely that the Saturday afternoons of youth are few, and precious, and this feeling which neither of them could have defined or described made every moment of this time together too short, too quickly gone, yet clearer and more sharply edged than any other.”
Grace Metalious, Peyton Place
“If every man, ...ceased to hate and blame every other man for his own failures and shortcomings, we would see the end of every evil in the world, from war to backbiting.”
Grace Metalious, Peyton Place
“Dead folks can't hurt you none. It's the ones that are alive, you have to watch out for.”
Grace Metalious, Peyton Place
“If God was going to do what He thought was best anyway, why bother to ask for anything one wanted? If you prayed, and God thought that what you asked should be granted, He would grant it. If you did not pray, and it was true that God always acted in one's best interest, you would receive whatever He wanted you to receive anyway.Prayer, thought Allison, was a dreadfully unfair, rather unsportsmanlike affair, with all the advantages on one side.”
Grace Metalious, Peyton Place
tags: god, prayer
“I'm a lousy writer; a helluva lot of people have got lousy taste.”
Grace Metalious
“...and often Lisa thought bitterly of the ideas she had held on "college life" before coming to Denton, ideas and images culled from a hundred magazine stories and as many movies. Where were the convertibles, the secret bottles of liquor, the gay young men and their wild girl friends?”
Grace Metalious, The Tight White Collar
“Did it ever occur to you, Charlie, that tolerance can reach a point where it is no longer tolerance? When that happens, the noble-sounding attitude on which most of us pride ourselves degenerates into weakness and acquiescence.”
Grace Metalious, Peyton Place
“Give me a child until he is seven, thought Tom, and he is forever after mine. When the Fascists say it, they're bums and kidnappers, but when the Church says it, it is known as putting a kid on the right track.”
Grace Metalious, Peyton Place
tags: church
“Indian summer is like a woman. Ripe, hotly passionate, but fickle, she comes and goes as she pleases so that one is never sure whether she will come at all, nor for how long she will stay.”
Grace Metalious, Peyton Place


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