Alexander McCall Smith Quotes.

1. "the human world, he reflected, was divided into little clusters of people—tiny tribes, small groups of friends, families—and if you belonged to only a few of these, then your life was circumscribed."
- Alexander McCall Smith, A Conspiracy of Friends

2. "Maybe not, mused Maggie. If we eat pies, then we should never, not for one moment, look down on the making of them. I don’t, said William."
- Alexander McCall Smith, A Conspiracy of Friends

3. "A moral dilemma is equally absorbing whether the stakes are the destiny of nations or the happiness of one or two people - at the most."
- Alexander McCall Smith, A Conspiracy of Friends

4. "Special things have a way of surviving."
- Alexander McCall Smith, The World According to Bertie

5. "Remember the Hottentots?" asked James. "They've become the Khoi now, which means that the Germans will have to retire that wonderful word of theirs, Hottentotenpotentatenstantenattentater, which means, as you know, one who attacks the aunt of a Hottentot potentate."
- Alexander McCall Smith, The World According to Bertie

6. "Do I shock you? I think I do. That’s the problem these days – nobody speaks their mind. No, don’t smile. They really don’t. We’ve been browbeaten into conformity by all sorts of people who tell us what we can and cannot say. Haven’t you noticed it? The tyranny of political correctness. Don’t pass any judgement on anything. Don’t open your trap in case you offend somebody or other."
- Alexander McCall Smith, The World According to Bertie

7. "No plaque reminds the passer-by of these glories, although there should be one; for those who invent biscuits bring great pleasure to many."
- Alexander McCall Smith, The World According to Bertie

8. "Surely it is better, thought Domenica, that forty-five should buy the book and actually read it, than should many thousands, indeed millions, buy it and put it on their shelves, like...Professor Hawking's Brief History of Time. That was a book that had been bought by millions, but had been demonstrated to have been read by only a minute proportion of those who had acquired it. For do we not all have a copy of that on our shelves, and who amongst us can claim to have read beyond the first page, in spite of the pellucid prose of its author and his evident desire to share with us his knowledge of...of whatever it is that the book is about?"
- Alexander McCall Smith, The World According to Bertie

9. "We want to reorganise the world, and that makes our brains jump the gun –sometimes. You look at a newspaper headline, take in one word, and before you know it your brain says: yes, that’s what it says. But it may not."
- Alexander McCall Smith, The World According to Bertie

10. "By the time Domenica arrived at the Gothic Revival sandstone building on Queen Street, she had put out of her mind all thought of Antonia's torrid affair - at least she assumed it was torrid, and anyway, she wondered if there was any point in having an affair which was not torrid."
- Alexander McCall Smith, The World According to Bertie

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