Literary Birthday – 5 February – Margaret Millar


Nine Quotes

  1. Have you never noticed that most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness?
  2. Violence is the instinctive response to fear.
  3. The world of maps is nice and flat and simple. It has areas for people and areas for monsters. What a shock it is to discover the world is round and the areas merge and nothing separates the monsters and ourselves; that we are all whirling around in space together and there isn’t even a graceful way of falling off.
  4. Some people become so expert at reading between the lines they don’t read the lines.
  5. Sanity is a matter of culture and convention. If it’s a crazy culture you live in, then you have to be irrational to want to conform. A completely rational person would recognise that the culture was crazy and refuse to conform. But by not conforming, he is the one who would be judged crazy by that particular society.
  6. The rest of us have monsters too, but we must call them by other names, or pretend they don’t exist.
  7. You can’t drown your troubles … because troubles can swim.
  8. To the uneducated eye, as to the incurious mind, much of the world is in darkness, and a thousand songs are lost on the unlistening ear.
  9. Don’t borrow trouble. The interest is too high.

Margaret Millar was an American-Canadian mystery and suspense writer. Her novels include An Air That Kills and Beast in View.

by Amanda Patterson