Dorothy L. Sayers: Author Bio About and Best Quotes

Ten of My Favorite Dorothy L. Sayers Quotes 

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

About Dorothy L. Sayers

During her lifetime, Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned British author, translator, student of classical and modern languages, as well as a Christian humanist.

Dorothy L. Sayers is an English poet and novelist who is best known for the mysteries she wrote between the world wars that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, an English sleuth who tries to solve crimes while working undercover. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante’s Divina Commedia to be her best work, and therefore she recommended it to others. It is also worth noting that she is known for her plays and essays as well.

Born: June 13, 1893, Oxford, England, The United Kingdom
Died: December 17, 1957
Genre: Mystery, Poetry, Christian

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Popular Quotes

“Some people’s blameless lives are to blame for a good deal.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

 “It is extraordinarily entertaining to watch the historians of the past … entangling themselves in what they were pleased to call the “problem” of Queen Elizabeth. They invented the most complicated and astonishing reasons both for her success as a sovereign and for her tortuous matrimonial policy. She was the tool of Burleigh, she was the tool of Leicester, she was the fool of Essex; she was diseased, she was deformed, she was a man in disguise. She was a mystery, and must have some extraordinary solution. Only recently has it occrurred to a few enlightened people that the solution might be quite simple after all. She might be one of the rare people were born into the right job and put that job first.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers, Are Women Human? Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society

“In reaction against the age-old slogan, “woman is the weaker vessel,” or the still more offensive, “woman is a divine creature,” we have, I think, allowed ourselves to drift into asserting that “a woman is as good as a man,” without always pausing to think what exactly we mean by that. What, I feel, we ought to mean is something so obvious that it is apt to escape attention altogether, viz: (…) that a woman is just as much an ordinary human being as a man, with the same individual preferences, and with just as much right to the tastes and preferences of an individual. What is repugnant to every human being is to be reckoned always as a member of a class and not as an individual person.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers, Are Women Human? Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society

 “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

 “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.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

 “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.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

“Do you find it easy to get drunk on words?”

“So easy that, to tell you the truth, I am seldom perfectly sober.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

 “Facts are like cows. If you look them in the face long enough, they generally run away.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers

“How fleeting are all human passions compared with the massive continuity of ducks.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

“A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.”
― Dorothy Sayers , Gaudy Night

10 Famous Quotes by Author Dorothy L. Sayers

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

One Final Bonus – Dorothy L. Sayers Quote 

“A man once asked me … how I managed in my books to write such natural conversation between men when they were by themselves. Was I, by any chance, a member of a large, mixed family with a lot of male friends? I replied that, on the contrary, I was an only child and had practically never seen or spoken to any men of my own age till I was about twenty-five. “Well,” said the man, “I shouldn’t have expected a woman (meaning me) to have been able to make it so convincing.” I replied that I had coped with this difficult problem by making my men talk, as far as possible, like ordinary human beings. This aspect of the matter seemed to surprise the other speaker; he said no more, but took it away to chew it over. One of these days it may quite likely occur to him that women, as well as men, when left to themselves, talk very much like human beings also.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers, Are Women Human? Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society

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