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“In my experience, the unmarried women are the smartest.”
Marius Gabriel, The Designer
“We’re each on our own tightrope. All we can do is pick one another up after we fall.”
Marius Gabriel, The Designer
“He turned to Isobel. ‘How about you, Frau Hitler?”
Marius Gabriel, Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye
“Kindness is the currency of humanity”
Marius Gabriel, The Designer
“If people don’t change their minds, there’s no hope for the human race.”
Marius Gabriel, Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye
“very poor men are seldom bad. And that very bad men are seldom poor.”
Marius Gabriel, The Original Sin
“First love is never forgotten,’ she went on. ‘It’s the only love that remains fresh and potent for a lifetime. It’s the truest and most innocent of loves, exactly because it can never come to fruition. Do you understand what I mean?’ ‘Not exactly.’ ‘It never grows old; you see? It’s as fleeting as the morning dew, yet it clings to us all our lives.”
Marius Gabriel, The Ocean Liner
“And yet there is space for human creativity to creep between those iron bars. We bend them, we slip through them from time to time.”
Marius Gabriel, The Ocean Liner
“Men always imagined they were undemanding and easy-going; but it soon turned out that the going was only easy if it went their way.”
Marius Gabriel, The Designer
“Love meant knowing you could be broken into pieces again, at any time.”
Marius Gabriel, The Original Sin
“She wondered whether Pearl wasn’t right in her dire warnings that this relationship with Suzy would change her forever. It probably would. But perhaps she wanted to change. What else was life all about?”
Marius Gabriel, The Designer
“pity.”
Marius Gabriel, The Ocean Liner
“When You Are Old’ by W. B. Yeats, which appeared in 1892.”
Marius Gabriel, The Ocean Liner
“the vast edifice of expectation and commitment that a marriage would pile on her.”
Marius Gabriel, The Designer
“When you are old and grey and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false or true, But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face—’ Her hand touched his, stopping him.”
Marius Gabriel, The Ocean Liner
“New ideas are so important. The art of pleasing is to know what people want even before they want it.”
Marius Gabriel, The Designer
“I have never been beautiful, not even when I was young, when most people have some brief flowering. I never had such a flowering. I was always dull and plain. I remain dull and plain.”
Marius Gabriel, The Designer
“Whereas Lelong’s authority came from the status of ownership, Dior’s came from an artist’s inner certainty that his work was good.”
Marius Gabriel, The Designer
“Kindness is the currency of humanity. Even in the camps one found it. Debased and broken, but one found it.”
Marius Gabriel, The Designer
“survivors.’ The sea-spray had frozen in his and Todt’s eyebrows and beards, white forests riming their faces.”
Marius Gabriel, The Ocean Liner
“your own?’ the boy asked. Stravinsky concentrated on”
Marius Gabriel, The Ocean Liner
“He”
Marius Gabriel, The Designer
“You don’t know nothing about me. Or the life I’ve had. You’re so quick to judge, like all the other women. Women are the worst, you know. Worse than men. I think it’s because, secretly, they all know in their hearts they could be me.”
Marius Gabriel, The Designer
“Innocence and guilt are legal concepts which have little relevance to the political world,”
Marius Gabriel, The Testament of Marcellus
“She didn’t ‘nag, pester or complain’. She certainly didn’t ‘constantly demand new dresses’, yet she successfully avoided ‘looking slovenly and unkempt’. As for not dishing up ‘unappetising meals, served on unclean crockery and stained linen’, she did her best, given the constraints of wartime Paris.”
Marius Gabriel, The Designer
“his desperate sale of The Rite of Spring to Walt Disney, to be used in an animated film called Fantasia.”
Marius Gabriel, The Ocean Liner
“She’d found that she needed closeness and trust more than sex. Desire grew out of trust, not the other way round.”
Marius Gabriel, The Designer
“It’s perfectly possible to love Paris while detesting the French,”
Marius Gabriel, The Designer
“Oh, you mustn’t think of it,’ Miss Ward exclaimed. ‘First love is far too precious. It’s not of this world. It asks nothing and gives all. It has nothing to do with the trade and barter of marriage – the dreary practicalities of rent and children and dirty dishes and all that.’ ‘But that’s exactly what we want.’ ‘Would you lead a goddess to the kitchen sink? First love is divine. It belongs in the realm of the soul. Keep it there, young”
Marius Gabriel, The Ocean Liner
“Life was not perfect, but everyone deserved a shot at happiness. You had to take your chances. Sometimes you had to accept a compromise. And just because you’d made one mistake didn’t mean you were doomed to repeat that mistake, or live with its consequences forever.”
Marius Gabriel, The Designer

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