Donna Leon: Author Bio About and Best Quotes

Ten of My Favorite Donna Leon Quotes 

Donna Leon, a writer whom I am guessing you love? Here are our 10 best Donna Leon quotes for you to enjoy. At Australia Unwrapped we believe every book has at least one quotable line, and our mission is to find them all. Here you will find Donna Leon’s top 10 popular and famous quotes. Like every good writer Donna Leon made a number of memorable quotes, here are some of our favorites: 

About Donna Leon

Donna Leon (born September 29, 1942, in Montclair, New Jersey, United States) is an American author known for her series of crime novels set in Venice and featuring her fictional hero, Commissario Guido Brunetti.

The author, Donna Leon, has lived in Venice for over twenty-five years and is a native of the city. In the past, she has worked as a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Maryland University College – Europe (UMUC-Europe) in Italy, as a professor from 1981 to 1999 at the American military base in Vicenza (Italy) and as a writer.

She has set all of her crime novels in or near Venice, which is a unique setting for a crime novel. It is written in English and it has been translated into a number of languages, although it has not been translated into Italian at her request. The ninth Brunetti novel, Friends in High Places, was awarded the Silver Dagger in 2000 by the Crime Writers’ Association.

Born: September 28, 1942, Montclair, New Jersey, The United States
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

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Popular Quotes

“How beautiful, the grace of women; how soft their charity.”
― Donna Leon, Dressed for Death

 “We buy things. We wear them or put them on our walls, or sit on them, but anyone who wants to can take them away from us. Or break them.

Long after he’s dead, someone else will own those stupid little boxes, and then someone after him, just as someone owned them before he did. But no one ever thinks of that: objects survive us and go on living. It’s stupid to believe we own them. And it’s sinful for them to be so important.”
― Donna Leon, Quietly in Their Sleep

“Vianello had the knack of getting people to talk. Especially if they were Venetians, the people he interviewed invariably warmed to this large, sweet-tempered man who gave every appearance of speaking Italian reluctantly, who was only too glad to lapse into their common dialect, a linguistic change that often carried its speakers along to unconscious revelation. ”
― Donna Leon, Death and Judgment

 “And off in the far distance, the gold on the wings of the angel atop the bell tower of San Marco flashed in the sun, bathing the entire city in its glistening benediction.”
― Donna Leon, Death in a Strange Country

 “Though everyone in the bar knew who he was, no one asked him about the death, though one old man did rustle his newspaper suggestively.”
― Donna Leon, Death at La Fenice

 “His clothing marked him as Italian. The cadence of his speech announced that he was Venetian. His eyes were all policeman.”
― Donna Leon, Death at La Fenice

“Why are other people’s prejudices so strange, while our own are so thought-out and reasonable?”
― Donna Leon, The Waters of Eternal Youth

 “He hesitated then, anticipating the panic that came when there was nothing left to read”
― Donna Leon, Earthly Remains

“Oh, so seldom does fate cast our enemy into our hands, to do with as we will”
― Donna Leon, Acqua Alta

“Though he did not believe, he was not untouched by the magic of belief …”
― Donna Leon, Death and Judgment

10 Famous Quotes by Author Donna Leon

Quotes for all, here you found our selection of 10 Donna Leon quotes. Make sure you help by commenting your best Donna Leon quote below and sharing our favorite authors so we can look them up, read some of their works and give you the best quotes we can find. We hope you enjoyed our top 10 quotes by Donna Leon. However, feel free to comment below if you disagree or would like to include some other great and memorable Donna Leon quotes in our list. 

One Final Bonus – Donna Leon Quote 

“He looked down at the glass again. ‘I care that these things happen, that we poison ourselves and our progeny, that we knowingly destroy our future, but I do not believe that there is anything – and I repeat, anything – that can be done to prevent it. We are a nation of egoists. It is our glory, but it will be our destruction, for none of us can be made to concern ourselves about something as abstract as “the common good”. The best of us can rise to feeling concern for our families, but as a nation we are incapable of more.’

‘I refuse to believe that.’ Brunetti said.

‘Your refusal to believe it,’ the Count said with a smile that was almost tender, ‘makes it no less true, Guido.”
― Donna Leon, Death in a Strange Country

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