Today we remember the birthday of another of my favorites – Dorothy L. Sayers.
Sayers was one of the first women to be awarded a degree from Oxford, and a frequent correspondent with CS Lewis. She wrote plays and did (for my money) the best translation of Dante out there… though my moneys’ really not very good, in this instance…
She also wrote the only mysteries I can stand to read (and re-read) on a consistent basis.
Even Chesterton’s Father Brown becomes a bit much for me, after about the 4th or 5th one.
But Lord Peter Whimsey has never paled for me.
I highly recommend them.
Dorothy L Sayers, born on June 13th, 1893, in Oxford, said:
“The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it.”
“Facts are like cows. If you look them in the face long enough, they generally run away.”
“Do you find it easy to get drunk on words?”
“So easy that, to tell you the truth, I am seldom perfectly sober.”
From Gaudy Night
“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.”
“What are you to do with the people who are cursed with both hearts and brains?”
“Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force.”
Image found here.