The Importance of Being Seven Quotes.

1. "That, incidentally, gives me the greatest possible pleasure—the knowledge that we are all linked by our friendship with a group of fictional people. What a pleasant club of which to be a member! [from the preface; on writing for people around the world]"
- Alexander McCall Smith, The Importance of Being Seven

2. "We might more of us say these words to others, and more frequently--how healing that would prove to be. "Look, we've had our differences, but how about some chocolate?" Or: "I'm so sorry: how about some chocolate?" Or simply, "Great to see you! How about some chocolate?"
- Alexander McCall Smith, The Importance of Being Seven

3. "Dear friends, he began, there is no timetable for happiness; it moves, I think, according to rules of its own. When I was a boy I thought I'd be happy tomorrow, as a young man I thought it would be next week; last month I thought it would be never. Today, I know it is now. Each of us, I suppose has at least one person who thinks that our manifest faults are worth ignoring; I have found mine, and am content. When we are far from home we think of home; I, who am happy today, think of those in Scotland for whom such happiness might seem elusive; may such powers as listen to what is said by people like me, in olive groves like this, grant to those who want a friendship a friend, attend to the needs of those who have little, hold the hand of those who are lonely, allow Scotland, our place, our country, to sing in the language of her choosing that song she has always wanted to sing, which is of brotherhood, which is of love."
- Alexander McCall Smith, The Importance of Being Seven

4. "There was no word for self-pity in the language of the north-east of Scotland - the nearest being a word which is defined in the Scots dictionary as being 'a term used to express self-reproach on paying too much for something."
- Alexander McCall Smith, The Importance of Being Seven

5. "And the beautiful are forgiven; no matter how egregious their shortcomings, they are forgiven."
- Alexander McCall Smith, The Importance of Being Seven

6. "But we are all fortunate in one way or another. The task for most of us is to identify in what way that is, would you not agree?"
- Alexander McCall Smith, The Importance of Being Seven

7. "He took a deep breath. ‘To marry me,’ he said quietly. It was easier than he thought. Icarus did not fall from the sky; the ground did not open; the earth did not wobble on its trajectory."
- Alexander McCall Smith, The Importance of Being Seven

8. "Dear friends, he began, there is no timetable for happiness; it moves, I think, according to rules of its own. When I was a boy I thought I’d be happy tomorrow, as a young man I thought it would be next week; last month I thought it would be never. Today, I know it is now."
- Alexander McCall Smith, The Importance of Being Seven

9. "But we all waste opportunities,’ said Domenica. Every single one of us. Every young person does it. It’s because we think we have so much time, and then, when we realise that our time is finite, it’s too late."
- Alexander McCall Smith, The Importance of Being Seven

10. "The queue for happiness was not well ordered, he thought; it stretched out and wound round corners, and sometimes, it seemed, the end was so hard to see."
- Alexander McCall Smith, The Importance of Being Seven

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