In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair...the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.

— Dorothy L. Sayers

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Death seems to provide the minds of the Anglo-Saxon race with a greater fund of amusement than any other single subject.


For the sole true end of education is simply this: to teach men how to learn for themselves; and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain.


Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him -- or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.


What do we find God 'doing about' this business of sin and evil?.

..God did not abolish the fact of evil; He transformed it. He did not stop the Crucifixion; He rose from the dead.


Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force.


The rule seemed to be that a great woman must either die unwed .

.. or find a still greater man to marry her. ... The great man, on the other hand, could marry where he liked, not being restricted to great women; indeed, it was often found sweet and commendable in him to choose a woman of no sort of greatness at all.


God was executed by people painfully like us, in a society very similar to our own ... by a corrupt church, a timid politician, and a fickle proletariat led by professional agitators.


The people who hanged Christ never, to do them justice, accused Him of being a bore - on the contrary; they thought Him too dynamic to be safe. It has been left for later generations to muffle up that shattering personality and surround Him with an atmosphere of tedium.


Lawyers enjoy a little mystery, you know.

Why, if everybody came forward and told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth straight out, we should all retire to the workhouse.


I love you - I am at rest with you - I have come home.


The popular mind has grown so confused that it is no longer able to receive any statement of fact except as an expression of personal feeling.


I have the most ill-regulated memory.

It does those things which it ought not to do and leaves undone the things it ought to have done. But it has not yet gone on strike altogether.


About Dorothy L. Sayers

Quotes 226 sayings
Nationality British
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

How can I find the words? Poets have taken them all and left me with nothing to say or do" "Except to teach me for the first time what they meant.


Every great man has a woman behind him .

.. And every great woman has some man or other in front of her, tripping her up.


None of us feels the true love of God till we realize how wicked we are.

But you can't teach people that - they have to learn by experience.


The trouble is. . .that everybody sneers at restrictions and demands freedom, till something annoying happens; then they demand angrily what has become of the discipline.


Those who prefer their English sloppy have only themselves to thank if the advertisement writer uses his mastery of the vocabulary and syntax to mislead their weak minds.


I always have a quotation for everything - it saves original thinking.


And what do all the great words come to in the end, but that? I love you - I am at rest with you - I have come home.


Books... are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with 'em, then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.


Man is never truly himself except when he is actively creating something.


A continual atmosphere of hectic passion is very trying if you haven't got any of your own.


To foment grievance and to set men at variance is the trade by which agitators thrive and journalists make money.


you can give it a long name if you like, but I'm an old-fashioned woman and I call it mother-wit, and it's so rare for a man to have it that if he does you write a book about him and call him Sherlock Holmes.


The dogma of the Incarnation is the most dramatic thing about Christianity, and indeed, the most dramatic thing that ever entered the mind of man; but if you tell people so, they stare at you in bewilderment.


Detective stories keep alive a view of the world which ought to be true.

Of course people read them for fun ... But underneath they feed a hunger for justice ... you offer to divert them, and you show them by stealth the orderly world in which we should all try to be living.


To know one's own limitations is the hallmark of competence.


If people will bring dynamite into a powder factory, they must expect explosions.


But what are you going to do about the people who are cursed with both hearts and brains?


Some people's blameless lives are to blame for a good deal.


How fleeting are all human passions compared with the massive continuity of ducks.


The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it.


He was so crooked, you could have used his spine for a safety-pin.


What? Sunday morning in an English family and no sausages? God bless my soul, what's the world coming to, eh?


Everybody is, I suppose, either Classic or Gothic by nature.

Either you feel in your bones that buildings should be rectangular boxes with lids to them, or you are moved to the marrow by walls that climb and branch, and break into a inflorescence of pinnacles.


The only sin passion can commit is to be joyless.


The only Christian work is good work, well done


First I believe it to be a grave mistake to present Christianity as something charming and popular with no offense inn it.


A woman fit to be a man's wife is too good to be his servant.


I have never yet heard any middle-aged man or woman who worked with his or her brains express any regret for the passing of youth.


A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.


We've got to laugh or break our hearts in this damnable world.


To complain that man measures God by his own experience is a waste of time;

man measures everything by his own experience; he has no other yardstick.


To subdue one's self to one's own ends might be dangerous, but to subdue one's self to other people's ends was dust and ashes. Yet there were those, still more unhappy, who envied even the ashy saltness of those dead sea apples.


Of course, there is some truth in advertising.

There's yeast in bread, but you can't make bread with yeast alone. Truth in advertising is like leaven, which a woman hid in three measures of meal. It provides a suitable quantity of gas, with which to blow out a mass of crude misrepresentation into a form that the public can swallow.


Of all devils let loose in the world there is no devil like devoted love.


It is ridiculous to take on a man's job just in order to be able to say that 'a woman has done it - yah!' The only decent reason for tackling a job is that it is your job and you want to do it.


Praise God (or whatever it is) from (if direction exists) whom (if personality exists) all blessings (if that word corresponds to any percept of objective reality) flow (if Heraclitus and Bergson and Einstein are correct in stating that everything is more or less flowing about).


We are much too much inclined in these days to divide people into permanent categories, forgetting that a category only exists for its special purpose and must be forgotten as soon as that purpose is served.