Literary Birthday – 19 July – A.J. Cronin

A.J. Cronin was born 19 July 1896, and died 6 January 1981.

Nine Quotes

  1. Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.
  2. That is life… to begin again when everything is lost!
  3. Hell is that state where one has ceased to hope.
  4. Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley.
  5. But always, if we have faith, a door will open for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, but one that will ultimately prove good for us
  6. Some temptations cannot be fought. One must close one’s mind and fly from them
  7. The virtue of all achievement is victory over oneself. Those who know this can never know defeat.
  8. No one in good faith can ever be lost.
  9. Nothing is more limiting than a closed circle of acquaintanceship where every avenue of conversation has been explored and social exchanges are fixed in a known routine.

A.J. Cronin was a Scottish novelist and physician. His best-known novels are The Citadel and The Stars Look Down, which were adapted for film. He also wrote The Keys of the Kingdom. His novella Country Doctor was adapted for BBC radio and TV as Dr. Finlay’s Casebook.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 19th July 2014