Ruth Rendell Famous Quotes & Sayings

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pinterest Share on Linkedin

100 Ruth Rendell Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Ruth Rendell Sayings: I don't want to be a fusty old lady writer. I don't want to be a fusty old lady writer.
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: We, people, are so very, very complicated that no matter how well drawn a fictional We, people, are so very, very complicated that no matter how well drawn a fictional character is, they can't get anywhere near as complex as a real person.
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: Burden thought irrelevantly that Wendy Williams must be attracted by bald men, first Rodney with Burden thought irrelevantly that Wendy Williams must be attracted by bald men, first Rodney with his exaggerated forehead, naked as an apple, then this pebble-head.
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: The English, although partakers in the most variable and quixotic climate in the world, never The English, although partakers in the most variable and quixotic climate in the world, never become used to its vagaries, but comment upon them with shock and resentment as if all their lives had been spent in the predictable monsoon.
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: Some women lose their husbands, and their worlds change because their financial circumstances change. All Some women lose their husbands, and their worlds change because their financial circumstances change. All I have in common with them is a grief.
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: The trouble with psychology is that it doesn't take human nature into account. The trouble with psychology is that it doesn't take human nature into account.
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: It makes me actually quite angry to think about people writing about torture with a It makes me actually quite angry to think about people writing about torture with a sort of relish. Horrible.
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: Haemophilia itself is bad enough. It is disabling day by day, even if far less Haemophilia itself is bad enough. It is disabling day by day, even if far less incapacitating than in the 19th and early 20th centuries. But the added burden of life-threatening further illnesses from contaminated NHS blood is far worse.
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I kill, therefore I am. I kill, therefore I am.
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: We always know when we are awake that we cannot be dreaming even though when We always know when we are awake that we cannot be dreaming even though when actually dreaming we feel all this may be real.
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I think I must be the only grandmother in the world who was given an I think I must be the only grandmother in the world who was given an iPod by her grandsons. It has changed my life - I'd be lost without it.
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: It was useless arguing with people like her. They had stereotyped minds that ran along It was useless arguing with people like her. They had stereotyped minds that ran along grooves of stock response and the commonplace.
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I am curious about people. I want to know their secrets ... because I am I am curious about people. I want to know their secrets ... because I am the last person to whom I would tell a secret; people tell me their secrets.
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I don't expect the sun to be always shining, or even want that to happen. I don't expect the sun to be always shining, or even want that to happen.
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: You don't knock television, even if you don't always like what they make of your You don't knock television, even if you don't always like what they make of your work. It makes all the difference between being an also-ran writer and very famous.
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. It There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. It may be conceded to the mathematicians that four is twice two. But two is not twice one; two is two thousand times one ...
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: Women's rights are more important than their ethnic rights. Women's rights are more important than their ethnic rights.
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: You couldn't love someone the way he had loved her and then be turned off You couldn't love someone the way he had loved her and then be turned off them in five minutes by nothing more than lies and daydreams. Could you? Could you?
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I don't want to marry anybody, but I certainly wouldn't want to marry a bad I don't want to marry anybody, but I certainly wouldn't want to marry a bad novelist.
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I think that all women, unless they are absolutely asleep, must be feminists up to I think that all women, unless they are absolutely asleep, must be feminists up to a point.
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: It's living - a broad spectrum of living - that teaches you how to live, It's living - a broad spectrum of living - that teaches you how to live, not philosophy. Philosophy teaches you how to think.
More pictures »
Ruth Rendell Sayings: When one has children one has no privacy. They take it for granted that what When one has children one has no privacy. They take it for granted that what is yours is theirs, personal things and the secrets of your heart, as well as possessions.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I always know what I'm going to write before I sit down. I always know what I'm going to write before I sit down.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: People are different in reality from the way you've seen them while making scenarios in People are different in reality from the way you've seen them while making scenarios in your mind. For one thing, they're less consistent. They surprise you all the time.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: It is not so much true that the world loves a lover as that the It is not so much true that the world loves a lover as that the lover loves all the world.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I think to be driven to want to kill must be such a terrible burden. I think to be driven to want to kill must be such a terrible burden.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: We no more forget the faces of our enemies than of those we love. We no more forget the faces of our enemies than of those we love.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I don't like the way young people write and talk about the old. I don't I don't like the way young people write and talk about the old. I don't like their attitude, which, if they weren't young and therefore bright and vibrant, would be called outdated.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I am neurotic, but I live with it. I think most people are, anyway. I am neurotic, but I live with it. I think most people are, anyway.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: To say that Agatha Christie's characters are cardboard cut-outs is an insult to cardboard cut-outs. To say that Agatha Christie's characters are cardboard cut-outs is an insult to cardboard cut-outs.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: The treatment of patients with contaminated blood has been described as one of the most The treatment of patients with contaminated blood has been described as one of the most tragic episodes in the history of the NHS.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I can't exist without books. I can't exist without books.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: What I mind in modern society very much is the awful lack of grammar. What I mind in modern society very much is the awful lack of grammar.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I'm concerned with the lost, the lonely, the shy. I think shyness is in some I'm concerned with the lost, the lonely, the shy. I think shyness is in some ways more widespread now than formerly. I used to be shy myself. Of course, you can't be me now and remain shy, but I remember very well what it felt like.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I don't judge people. I don't think we should/ I don't judge people. I don't think we should/
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I'm careful about keeping myself fit and thin, or as thin as I can manage. I'm careful about keeping myself fit and thin, or as thin as I can manage.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I try, and I think I succeed, in making my readers feel pity for my I try, and I think I succeed, in making my readers feel pity for my psychopaths, because I do.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: Old women especially are invisible. I have been to parties where no one knows who Old women especially are invisible. I have been to parties where no one knows who I am, so I am ignored until I introduce myself to someone picked at random. Immediately, word gets round, and I am surrounded by people who tell me they are my biggest fans.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I get a lot of letters from people. They say "I want to be a I get a lot of letters from people. They say "I want to be a writer. What should I do?" I tell them to stop writing to me and to get on with it.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: Reading taught me how to write. Reading taught me how to write.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: To be a classic, a novel should be original. To be a classic, a novel should be original.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I don't mind being distracted. I don't want to sit there in utter silence and I don't mind being distracted. I don't want to sit there in utter silence and type. If the phone rings, I usually answer it, speak for a few minutes and return to writing, or go for a walk in and out of the rooms. I don't mind a break.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I'm not much of a shoe person, but I love a pair by Bruno Magli I'm not much of a shoe person, but I love a pair by Bruno Magli that I've had for 10 years.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: My mother was a Swede who grew up in Denmark. When I go there, I My mother was a Swede who grew up in Denmark. When I go there, I visit the street where she grew up and look at her house, which is still there, and the snowberry bush, from which she ate some berries and had to have her stomach pumped.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: His school had been so committed to establishing equality that the staff told a pupil His school had been so committed to establishing equality that the staff told a pupil he or she had done well only if they could tell every other member of the class the same thing.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I always write about subjects which attract me because if I didn't, it would be I always write about subjects which attract me because if I didn't, it would be awful, a failure.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I have a Kindle, but I don't like it very much. I like a book. I have a Kindle, but I don't like it very much. I like a book.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: My mother started to suffer from multiple sclerosis, but nobody knew what MS was then. My mother started to suffer from multiple sclerosis, but nobody knew what MS was then. My father didn't - and later he suffered a great deal of guilt over that. It was an awful business and very fraught.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: Violence is very much with us, and we like to see it. I doubt if Violence is very much with us, and we like to see it. I doubt if you can change that, and I'm not sure you should want to. I have occasionally been very upset by something I was writing, but it's quite rare: I keep my writing very separate from my life.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I don't mind being distracted. I don't mind being distracted.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write. Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: Nobody really lives in the present. Nobody really lives in the present.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I have two quite large houses, and every cupboard and drawer is stuffed with books. I have two quite large houses, and every cupboard and drawer is stuffed with books.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I - I love being told by people that they enjoy my books, and I I - I love being told by people that they enjoy my books, and I think that's really very nice.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: The knives of jealousy are honed on details. The knives of jealousy are honed on details.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I call myself an agnostic. I'm open to change. I'm the same sort of person, I call myself an agnostic. I'm open to change. I'm the same sort of person, although much less aggressive, as Richard Dawkins.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: Two years after Tolkien's The Hobbit was published I read it for the first time. Two years after Tolkien's The Hobbit was published I read it for the first time. Twenty years later I read it again and experienced just the same feeling of delight and happiness and a quite breathless pleasure. That first time, when I was nine, was also the first time I remember feeling this. It is a sensation known to all lovers of fiction and comes at about page two, when you know it's not only going to be good, but immensely satisfying, enthralling, not to be put down without resentment, drawing inexorably to a conclusion of power and dramatic soundness.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: In 'The Blood Doctor,' I wrote about the history of haemophilia and the devastating effects In 'The Blood Doctor,' I wrote about the history of haemophilia and the devastating effects of the disease at a time when there was no remedy.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I like to show what happens to people in the past and how it affects I like to show what happens to people in the past and how it affects their present.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: How could God allow cancer, poverty, the sheer unfairness of so many lives? How could God allow cancer, poverty, the sheer unfairness of so many lives?
Ruth Rendell Sayings: Don't hate anyone," she had said. "It's quite useless and harms the hater while it Don't hate anyone," she had said. "It's quite useless and harms the hater while it does nothing at all to the hated.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: newer here? There were no dense brambles, newer here? There were no dense brambles,
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I used to get an awful lot of letters, and they have almost all gone. I used to get an awful lot of letters, and they have almost all gone. I used to answer nearly all of them.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I don't think it's good for people to be born into money and not know I don't think it's good for people to be born into money and not know what it is never to have it.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I always know when a novel is going to be a Barbara Vine one. In I always know when a novel is going to be a Barbara Vine one. In fact I believe that if I weren't to write it as Barbara Vine, I wouldn't be able to write it at all.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: It looks as if the NHS will gradually fade away, and we shall go back It looks as if the NHS will gradually fade away, and we shall go back to a great deal of private medicine.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: We don't say a man's ill if he's crazy about sex, if he can't get We don't say a man's ill if he's crazy about sex, if he can't get enough sex. Why should a woman be different?
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I was a child, and in 1942, I was evacuated to the Cotswolds with my I was a child, and in 1942, I was evacuated to the Cotswolds with my mother, who was a teacher - she went with her school. I lived in one house in the village, and my mother was in the vicarage.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: The worst has happened ... it's rather liberating. The worst has happened ... it's rather liberating.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: The more you pander to what is, presumably, the taste of young people, the more The more you pander to what is, presumably, the taste of young people, the more you corrupt.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I don't choose my villains and heroes for political reasons. I don't choose my villains and heroes for political reasons.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I don't care for people who are given peerages who have paid for them. I I don't care for people who are given peerages who have paid for them. I think it happens, and I don't like that.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: Some say life is the thing, but I prefer reading. Some say life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I just want to tell a good story, so I always ask myself, 'Are these I just want to tell a good story, so I always ask myself, 'Are these people real to me?'
Ruth Rendell Sayings: Some women say as they get older they're no longer noticed: they disappear. Men, for Some women say as they get older they're no longer noticed: they disappear. Men, for instance, don't see them. Nobody wants them. That doesn't happen to me because of who I am. Not because I'm any more scintillating company, but because I'm Ruth Rendell.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I started by writing short stories, but they weren't very good; I tried them on I started by writing short stories, but they weren't very good; I tried them on various magazines, and none of them was published. People were nicer then about turning you down, and so I didn't lose heart - I kept on writing and wrote a lot of books, one or two of which I finished, and others I didn't.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I can't sum up my books. They're all rather complicated. Sometimes I think they're too I can't sum up my books. They're all rather complicated. Sometimes I think they're too complicated. But that's the way I am. When I start to write a book, my head gets full of all kinds of detail.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: They remained the same and could be an endless source of pleasure and satisfaction. There They remained the same and could be an endless source of pleasure and satisfaction. There might be people, or a person, of whom that was also true, but he had never, by the age of eighteen, come across any of them.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I never write about a place I don't know. I never write about a place I don't know.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: My mother had multiple sclerosis. My mother had multiple sclerosis.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: People tell me the most extraordinary things. I've noticed it for years. Perhaps they know People tell me the most extraordinary things. I've noticed it for years. Perhaps they know I won't be shocked. Or judgmental.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: Reading is becoming a kind of specialist activity, and that strikes terror into the heart Reading is becoming a kind of specialist activity, and that strikes terror into the heart of people who love reading.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: Where blackmail is involved, telling the police is always a good option. Where blackmail is involved, telling the police is always a good option.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: The old detective story that's got a really complicated motive doesn't apply to mine. The old detective story that's got a really complicated motive doesn't apply to mine.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: Crimes are more often committed out of fear than wickedness. People live frightened, desperate lives. Crimes are more often committed out of fear than wickedness. People live frightened, desperate lives.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: 'The Chimney Sweeper's Boy' began differently from any previous book I'd written. It actually derives 'The Chimney Sweeper's Boy' began differently from any previous book I'd written. It actually derives from a story a friend - the novel's dedicatee, Patrick Maher - told me.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: Hugh Grant will always be associated with his scandal, and so will Max Mosley. Hugh Grant will always be associated with his scandal, and so will Max Mosley.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: Both my parents had strokes. My father had several, but the last one was fatal. Both my parents had strokes. My father had several, but the last one was fatal. It's a horribly disabling bug, a stroke.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I went into a church and simply said, 'Goodbye.' It is the terrible unfairness of I went into a church and simply said, 'Goodbye.' It is the terrible unfairness of life. How could God allow cancer, poverty, the sheer unfairness of so many lives? That is the question which finishes it for me.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I don't like slapdash careless prose, and if I saw myself doing it, I would I don't like slapdash careless prose, and if I saw myself doing it, I would give up writing altogether.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I don't feel that I wanted to spend my whole writing life - which is I don't feel that I wanted to spend my whole writing life - which is my life - writing detective stories.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I don't do pride. It seems to me to be a very unpleasant thing. I don't do pride. It seems to me to be a very unpleasant thing.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: Goodness, Mr. Cellini, I've not time to answer all these questions. I've got to get Goodness, Mr. Cellini, I've not time to answer all these questions. I've got to get on.'
With what? She seldom did anything but read, as far as he knew. She must have read thousands of books, she was always at it.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I get up just before six and come downstairs, put food out for the cats, I get up just before six and come downstairs, put food out for the cats, and open the cat flap. Then I work out for 35 or 40 minutes - I have a very large bathroom with an elliptical cross-trainer and a bicycle.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I think we all fear appearing foolish in public. We don't want to be laughed I think we all fear appearing foolish in public. We don't want to be laughed at.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I never knew anyone actually buy cakes when they were hot ... I never knew anyone actually buy cakes when they were hot ...
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I have never been a foodie and am seldom very hungry. I have never been a foodie and am seldom very hungry.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I do write about obsession, but I don't think I have an obsession for writing. I do write about obsession, but I don't think I have an obsession for writing. I'm not a compulsive writer. I like to watch obsession in other people, watch the way it makes them behave.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: I've never met a murderer as far as I know. I would hate to. I've never met a murderer as far as I know. I would hate to.
Ruth Rendell Sayings: There must be a routine to life, a framework to hang life on. Routines were There must be a routine to life, a framework to hang life on. Routines were what kept you sane, gave you something to do at this moment and at that, definite places to go, positive things to do. Abandon it and that way madness lies.