Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park {otherwise known as P.D. James}, was born August 3rd, 1920 in Oxford, England. In honor of her big day, a few words…

God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into the nest.”

What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order.”

In 1930s mysteries, all sorts of motives were credible which aren’t credible today, especially motives of preventing guilty sexual secrets from coming out. Nowadays, people sell their guilty sexual secrets.”

It was not… that she was unaware of the frayed and ragged edges of life. She would merely iron them out with a firm hand and neatly hem them down.”

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.”

Human kindness is like a defective tap, the first gush may be impressive but the stream soon dries up.”

What a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give.”

We English are good at forgiving our enemies; it releases us from the obligation of liking our friends.”

I believe that political correctness can be a form of linguistic fascism, and it sends shivers down the spine of my generation who went to war against fascism.”

Great literature cannot grow from a neglected or impoverished soil. Only if we actually tend or care will it transpire that every hundred years or so we might get a Middlemarch.”

It shows considerable wisdom to know what you want in life and then to direct all your energies towards getting it.”