Dorothy Dunnett: Author Bio About and Best Quotes

Ten of My Favorite Dorothy Dunnett Quotes 

Dorothy Dunnett, a writer whom I am guessing you love? Here are our 10 best Dorothy Dunnett 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 Dorothy Dunnett’s top 10 popular and famous quotes. Like every good writer Dorothy Dunnett made a number of memorable quotes, here are some of our favorites: 

About Dorothy Dunnett

The artist DOROTHY DUNNETT lived in Dunfermline, Scotland. She is the author of the Francis Crawford of Lymond novels; the House of Niccolò novels; seven mysteries; King Hereafter, an epic novel about Macbeth; and the text for The Scottish Highlands, a book of photographs by David Paterson, which she collaborated with her husband, Sir Alastair Dunnett. In 1992, she was awarded the Order of the British Empire for her literary contributions. In 2001, Lady Dunnett passed away.

Born: August 25, 1923, Dunfermline, Scotland, The United Kingdom
Died: November 09, 2001
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers

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Popular Quotes

“I would give you my soul in a blackberry pie; and a knife to cut it with.”
― Dorothy Dunnett, The Disorderly Knights

 “Jerott, for God’s sake! Are you doing this for a wager?’ said Lymond, his patience gone at last. ‘What does anyone want out of life? What kind of freak do you suppose I am? I miss books and good verse and decent talk. I miss women, to speak to, not to rape; and children, and men creating things instead of destroying them. And from the time I wake until the time I find I can’t go to sleep there is the void—the bloody void where there was no music today and none yesterday and no prospect of any tomorrow, or tomorrow, or next God-damned year.”
― Dorothy Dunnett, The Disorderly Knights

“The coast’s a jungle of Moors, Turks, Jews, renegades from all over Europe, sitting in palaces built from the sale of Christian slaves. There are twenty thousand men, women and children in the bagnios of Algiers alone. I am not going to make it twenty thousand and one because your mother didn’t allow you to keep rabbits, or whatever is at the root of your unshakable fixation.”

“I had weasels instead,” said Philippa shortly.

“Good God,” said Lymond, looking at her. “That explains a lot.”
― Dorothy Dunnett, Pawn in Frankincense

 “Today,’ said Lymond, ‘if you must know, I don’t like living at all. But that’s just immaturity boggling at the sad face of failure. Tomorrow I’ll be bright as a bedbug again.”
― Dorothy Dunnett, The Disorderly Knights

 “Repressively, Lymond himself answered. “I dislike being discussed as if I were a disease. Nobody ‘got’ me,” he said.”
― Dorothy Dunnett, The Game of Kings

 “I despised men who accepted their fate. I shaped mine twenty times and had it broken twenty times in my hands.”
― Dorothy Dunnett, The Game of Kings

“I wish to God,” said Gideon with mild exasperation, “that you’d talk—just once—in prose like other people.”
― Dorothy Dunnett, The Game of Kings

 “It was one of the occasions when Lymond asleep wrecked the peace of mind of more people than Lymond awake.”
― Dorothy Dunnett, Queens’ Play

“Man is a being of varied, manifold and inconstant nature. And woman, by God, is a match for him.”
― Dorothy Dunnett, The Disorderly Knights

“Facts are the soil from which the story grows. Imagination is a last resort.”
― Dorothy Dunnett

10 Famous Quotes by Author Dorothy Dunnett

Quotes for all, here you found our selection of 10 Dorothy Dunnett quotes. Make sure you help by commenting your best Dorothy Dunnett 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 Dorothy Dunnett. However, feel free to comment below if you disagree or would like to include some other great and memorable Dorothy Dunnett quotes in our list. 

One Final Bonus – Dorothy Dunnett Quote 

“[Robin Stewart] was your man. True for you, you had withdrawn the crutch from his sight, but still it should have been there in your hand, ready for him. For you are a leader-don’t you know it? I don’t, surely, need to tell you?-And that is what leadership means. It means fortifying the fainthearted and giving them the two sides of your tongue while you are at it. It means suffering weak love and schooling it till it matures. It means giving up you privicies, your follies and your leasure. It means you can love nothing and no one too much, or you are no longer a leader, you are led.”
― Dorothy Dunnett, Queens’ Play

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