Never drink black coffee at lunch; it will keep you awake all afternoon.
The male - I have found - is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness and kindness, can be trained to do most things.
I love the long grass coming up to meet the willows.
Youve simply got to go on and on with your family and friends and tell them how much you love them because you never know whether theyll be there tomorrow, do you?
Without doubt, keep a diary. From the day you're born, keep a diary, because we all forget things so quickly.
Go to lots of interviews, at least one a month even when you don't need a job, to keep in training for when you do.
If you feel compelled to give a New Year's Eve party, don't invite people to arrive too early or they'll go off the boil before midnight.
it's a good idea to wait a few months before joining anything when you arrive at a village. A bookseller friend who retired to nearby Oxfordshire, and was worried he might be bored, got himself on to every village committee in the first six months, and spent the next ten years extricating himself.
And I would really like to be a grandmother, but only when Felix or Emily meet the right person and are ready.
I have a theory that the secret of marital happiness is simple: drink in different pubs to your other half.
I can assure you that the class system is alive and well and living in people's minds in England.
People who can write a book usually do.
I think it bespeaks a generous nature, a man who can cook.
People always assume that bachelors are single by choice and spinsters because nobody asked them. It never enters their heads that poor bachelors might have worn the knees of their trousers out proposing to girls who rejected them or that a girl might deliberately stay unmarried.
I'm basically a very happy person and I don't have to be anybody else.
I'd never have written the big books in London.
My own parents loved each other very much.
The memo's chief function ... is as a track-coverer, so that you can turn on someone six months later and snarl: 'Well, you should have known about it, I sent you a memo.
There is something infinitely dingy about the word workshop. Pray that England doesn't become a nation of workshopkeepers.
The only thing a whirlwind courtship does is blow dust in everyone's eyes.
I would really like to spend more time with the family. Every time I go abroad I miss them all dreadfully.
I think we ought to have a kindness year, or a kindness century.
It must be a terrible pressure to have to go to the office.
But I always seem to finish a book and then think, oh God, I've got to pay a tax bill, so I'd better write a novel, so I tend not to stop and learn word processing.
I live at home and, if I want to start work at 11 o'clock, I can.
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