Uplifting Amelia Peabody quotations

I disapprove of matrimony as a matter of principle.

... Why should any independent, intelligent female choose to subject herself to the whims and tyrannies of a husband? I assure you, I have yet to meet a man as sensible as myself! (Amelia Peabody)

No woman really wants a man to carry her off; she only wants him to want to do it.

Is is difficult to be angry with a gentleman who pays you compliments, even impertinent compliments. Especially impertinent compliments.

Most men are reasonably useful in a crisis.

The difficulty lies in convincing them that the situation has reached a critical point


I do not scruple to employ mendacity and a fictitious appearance of female incompetence when the occasion demands it.

Your trousers are on fire. I would have told you, but you so dislike advice.

There was no warning, not even a knock.

The door flew open, and he forgot his present aches and pains in anticipation of what lay in store. The figure that stood in the door was not that of an enemy. It was worse. It was his mother.

I would never have supposed that inexperienced girl was capable of such cold-blooded, calculating manipulation!