Literary Birthday – 3 May – Dodie Smith

Dodie Smith was born 3 May 1896, and died 24 November 1990.

Dodie Smith Quotes

  1. How I wish I lived in a Jane Austen novel!
  2. Perhaps watching someone you love suffer can teach you even more than suffering yourself can.
  3. I only want to write. And there’s no college for that except life.
  4. When I read a book, I put in all the imagination I can, so that it is almost like writing the book as well as reading it — or rather, it is like living it. It makes reading so much more exciting, but I don’t suppose many people try to do it.
  5. Perhaps if I make myself write I shall find out what is wrong with me.
  6. While I have been writing I have lived in the past, the light of it has been all around me…
  7. I could look at stationers’ shops forever and ever.
  8. I have found that sitting in a place where you have never sat before can be inspiring – I wrote my very best poem while sitting on the hen-house.
  9. I am surprised to see how much I have written; with stories even a page can take me hours, but the truth seems to flow out as fast as I can get it down.
  10. Only the margin left to write on now. I love you, I love you, I love you.

Dodie Smith was an English novelist and playwright. Smith is best known for her novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians. Her other works include I Capture the Castle and The Starlight Barking.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 3rd May 2013