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Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith
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Jun 20, 2012

it was amazing

"That was part of being a woman, she thought;one never reached the end. Even if one could sit down and drink a cup of bush tea, or even two cups, one always knew that at the end of the tea somebody was waiting for something."

"Anybody can lose," cautioned Mr J.L.B. Matekoni. "You need to remember that every time you win."

"Everybody, she felt, could do evil, so easily; could be weak, so easily; could be selfish, so easily. This meant that she could understand-and did-which was not the same thing as condoning-which she did not-or taking the view-which she did not-that one should not judge others."

"One should not hold a grudge against another, it said, because to harbour grudges was to disturb the social peace, the bond between people."

"Such men knew their worth, but did not flaunt it. Such men could look anybody in the eye without flinching; even a poor man, a man with nothing, could stand upright in the presence of those who had wealth or power."

"It seemed to her that men were often unaware of an atmosphere and could assume that all was well when it very clearly was not. This was not the case with all men; there were some who were extremely intuitive in their approach, but many men, alas, were not."

"If only more people knew that there was more to Africa than all the problems they saw. They could love us too, as we love them."

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