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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
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Alexander McCall Smith
“You can go through life and make new friends every year - every month practically - but there was never any substitute for those friendships of childhood that survive into adult years. Those are the ones in which we are bound to one another with hoops of steel.”
Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith
“It was time to take the pumpkin out of the pot and eat it. In the final analysis, that was what solved these big problems of life. You could think and think and get nowhere, but you still had to eat your pumpkin. That brought you down to earth. That gave you a reason for going on. Pumpkin.”
Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith
“These men were like leeches; they sucked away at the goodness of a woman's heart until it was dry and all her love had been used up. That took a long time, he knew, because women seemed to have vast reservoirs of goodness in them”
Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith
“That is the problem with governments these days. They want to do things all the time; they are always very busy thinking of what things they can do next. That is not what people want. People want to be left alone to look after their cattle.”
Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith
“every man has a map in his heart of his own country and that the heart will never allow you to forget this map. (p. 18)”
Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith
“If more women were in power, they wouldn't let wars break out," she said. "Women can't be bothered with all this fighting. We see war for what it is- a matter of broken bodies and crying mothers.”
Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith
“The house seemed so different at night. Everything was in its correct place, of course, but somehow the furniture seemed more angular and the pictures on the wall more one-dimensional. She remembered somebody saying that at night we are all strangers, even to ourselves, and this struck her as being true.”
Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith
“The problem, of course, was that people did not seem to understand the difference between right and wrong. They needed to be reminded about this, because if you left it to them to work out for themselves, they would never bother. They would just find out what was best for them, and then they would call that the right thing. That's how most people thought.”
Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith
“We don't forget.... Our heads may be small, but they are as full of memories as the sky may sometimes be full of swarming bees, thousands and thousands of memories, of smells, of places, of little things that happened to us and which came back, unexpectedly, to remind us who we are.”
Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency


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