P.D. James: Author Bio About and Best Quotes


Ten of My Favorite P.D. James Quotes 

Quotes, who doesn’t love a good quote? This series of articles we look at Top 10 Famous Quotes by Author P.D. James, author quotes are always a challenge and fun to pick, with P.D. James you will find my Ten favorites of P.D. James’s quotes. 

About P.D. James

The British mystery novelist P. D. James (born August 3, 1920, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England–died November 27, 2014, Oxford) is best known for her fictional detective Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard.

James grew up in the university town of Cambridge, the daughter of a middle-grade civil servant. Due to financial constraints, her formal education ended at age 16, so she self-educated thereafter. She married Ernest C.B. White in 1941, a medical student and future physician who returned from wartime mental illness and spent the rest of his life in psychiatric hospitals. In order to support her family (which included two children), she worked in hospital administration and, after her husband’s death in 1964, became a civil servant in the criminal section of the Department of Home Affairs. Dalgliesh was introduced in her first mystery novel, Cover Her Face (1962), followed by six more before she retired from government service in 1979.

Born: August 03, 1920, Oxford, The United Kingdom
Died: November 27, 2014
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Suspense

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Popular Quotes

“Time didn’t heal, but it anesthetized. The human mind could only feel so much.”
― P.D. James, Innocent Blood

 “Charm is often despised but I can never see why. No one has it who isn’t capable of genuinely liking others, at least at the actual moment of meeting and speaking. Charm is always genuine; it may be superficial but it isn’t false.”
― P.D. James, The Children of Men

“Open your mind to new experiences, particularly to the study of other ­people. Nothing that happens to a writer – however happy, however tragic – is ever wasted.”
― P.D. James

 “Perhaps it’s only when people are dead that we can safely show how much we cared about them. We know that it’s too late then for them to do anything about it.”
― P.D. James

 “We can experience nothing but the present moment, live in no other second of time, and to understand this is as close as we can get to eternal life.”
― P.D. James, The Children of Men

 “Not so much two ships passing in the night as two ships sailing together for a time but always bound for different ports.”
― P.D. James, The Lighthouse

“I don’t want anyone to look to me, not for protection, not for happiness, not for love, not for anything.”
― P.D. James, The Children of Men

 “Man is diminished if he lives without knowledge of his past; without hope of a future he becomes a beast.”
― P.D. James, The Children of Men

“It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.”
― P.D. James, A Taste for Death

“Feel, he told himself, feel, feel, feel. Even if what you feel is pain, only let yourself feel.”
― P.D. James, The Children of Men

10 Famous Quotes by Author P.D. James

So there you have it my Ten favorite quotes by P.D. James, please comment below and share your favorite quotes by the fantastic author P.D. James.  Furthermore, if you find any Authors not covered for there, top 10 quotes let me know and I will review their works and find some of their best quotes as has been done here for P.D. James. 

One Final Bonus – P.D. James Quote 

“If our sex life were determined by our first youthful experiments, most of the world would be doomed to celibacy. In no area of human experience are human beings more convinced that something better can be had only if they persevere.”

― P.D. James, The Children of Men

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