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Beverley Nichols

Datum narození: 9. září 1898
Datum úmrtí: 15. září 1983
Další jména: Beverly Nichols

Beverley Nichols byl autor, dramatik, publicista, skladatel.

„Manželství je kniha, jejíž první kapitola je psána ve verších a další v próze.“

„Let us be honest: most of us rather like our cats to have a streak of wickedness. I should not feel quite easy in the company of any cat that walked around the house with a saintly expression.“ Beverley Nichols' Cats' A Z

„Long experience has taught me that people who do not like geraniums have something morally unsound about them. Sooner or later you will find them out; you will discover that they drink, or steal books, or speak sharply to cats. Never trust a man or a woman who is not passionately devoted to geraniums.“ Merry Hall

„Often, when I have been feeling lonely, when a book as been thrust aside in boredom [... ] I have lain back and stared at the shadows on the ceiling, wondering what life is all about [... ] and then, suddenly, there is the echo of the swinging door, and across the carpet, walking with the utmost delicacy and precision, stalksoror Oscar. He sits down on the floor beside me, regarding my long legs, my old jumper, and my floppy arms, with a purely practical interest. Which part of this large male body will form the most appropriate lap? Usually he settles for the chest. Whereupon he springs up and there is a feeling of cold fur [... ] and the tip of an icy nose, thrust against my wrist and a positive tattoo of purrs. And I no longer wonder what life is all about.“ Cats' A. B. C

„A garden without cats, it will be generally agreed, can scarcely deserve to be called a garden at all... much of the magic of the heather beds would vanish if, as we bent over them, there was no chance that we might hear a faint rustle among the blossoms, and find ourselves staring into a pair of sleepy green eyes.“ Garden Open Tomorrow

„Do you ever find yourself bursting into a sort of lunatic laughter at the sheer prettiness of things?“ Garden Open Tomorrow

„We both know, you and I, that if all men were gardeners, the world at last would be at peace.“ Green Grows the City: The Story of a London Garden

„Marriage is a book in which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.“

„To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.“

„For a garden is a mistress, and gardening is a blend of all the arts, and if it is not the death of me, sooner or later, I shall be much surprised.“ Merry Hall

„I think it is silly to be amateur about anything when one has an opportunity of learning.“ Down the Garden Path

„Well, I love geraniums, and anybody who does not love geraniums must obviously be a depraved and loathsome person.“ Merry Hall

„The Oldfields of the future are beyond hearing; they are shut up in the factories and the workshops, leading a rackety and mechanical existence, to the damage of their bodies and the peril of their souls, for the sake of an extra pound or so a week, which they promptly spend on mental or physical narcotics.“ Merry Hall

„I want to wear out,' he [Oldfield] said very softly. 'To wear out. Not to rust out.“

„Why do insurance companies, when they want to describe an act of God, invariably pick on something which sounds much more like an act of the Devil? One would think that God was exclusively concerned in making hurricanes, smallpox, thunderbolts, and dry rot. They seem to forget that He also manufactures rainbows, apple-blossom, and Siamese kittens. However, that is, perhaps, a diversion.“ Sunlight on the Lawn

„The seed of a blue lupin will usually produce a blue lupin. But the seed of a blue-eyed man may produce a brown-eyed bore... especially if his wife has a taste for gigolos.“ Down the Garden Path

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