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Alexander McCall Smith


Novelist.
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It's like people inviting you to come along to a church service or an amateur orchestra. They're hoping that you'll join. People are recruiters at heart, you know. It makes them feel more comfortable to see the ranks of their particular enthusiasm swelling.
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What else does a detective agency really need? Detective agencies rely on human intuition and intelligence, both of which Mma Ramotswe had in abundance. No inventory would ever include those, of course.
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The woman shook her head. "Not easy," she said. "I believe that we have much less free will than we think. Quite frankly, we delude ourselves if we think that we are completely free. We arenít. And that means if dear Bruce must have rather a lot of girlfriends, then thereís not very much he can do about it." Pat said nothing. Bruce had said nothing about the neighbours, and perhaps this was the reason.




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Any extreme political creed brought only darkness in the long run; it lit up nothing. The best politics were those of caution, tolerance and moderation, Angus maintained, but such politics were, alas, also very dull, and certainly moved nobody to poetry.
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Pat looked up at the cornice. "Iím on a gap year," she said, and added, because truth required it after all: "Itís my second gap year, actually." Bruce stared at her, and then burst out laughing. "Your second gap year?" Pat nodded. She felt miserable. Everybody said that. Everybody said that because they had no idea of what had happened. "My first one was a disaster," she said. "So I started again."
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Old friends, like old shoes, are comfortable. But old shoes, unlike old friends, tend not to be supportive: it is easier to stumble and sprain an ankle while wearing a pair of old shoes than it is in new shoes, with their less yielding leather.
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Everything you wanted to know about a person was written in the face, she believed. Itís not that she believed that the shape of the head was what countedĖ even if there were many who still clung to that belief; it was more a question of taking care to scrutinise the lines and the general look. And the eyes, of course; they were very important. The eyes allowed you to see right into a person, to penetrate their very essence, and that was why people with something to hide wore sunglasses indoors. They were the ones you had to watch very carefully.
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Each of us is born into our own mysteriesÖbut the mystery of another might just take us in and embrace us. And then what a sense of homecoming, of belonging!
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The maid glanced at her employer. "Oh, you have heard of me," she said. "I am glad that he speaks of me. I would not like to think that nobody speaks of me." "No," said Mma Ramotswe. "It is better to be spoken of than not to be spoken of. Except sometimes, that is."
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Things can end badly, as they sometimes do in life. But if they do, then we know that something is wrong, just as we know it when a piece of music doesnít resolve itself properly at the end. We know that. We just do. And so we prefer harmony.
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Itís very important to be able to accept things, you know. Gracious acceptance is an art Ė an art which most of never bother to cultivate. We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be much harder than giving.




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The people with the strong, brave exteriors are just as weak and vulnerable as the rest of us. And of course they never admit to their childish practices, their moments of weakness or absurdity, and then the rest of us think thatís how it should be.
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The sentiment sounded trite, but then didnít most good sentiments sound trite? It was hard to make goodness Ė and good people Ė sound interesting. Yet the good were worthy of note, of course, because they battled and that battle was a great story, whereas the evil were evil because of moral laziness, or weakness, and that was ultimately a dull and uninteresting affair.
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One might expect bad behaviour from existentialists Ė indeed that was what existentialism was all about, was it not? Ė but to find this happening on oneís own doorstep was a shock.
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It was true, of course, there was an abnormal level of narcissism in our society, but it did not do, he told himself, to spend too much time going on about it. Society changed. Narcissism was about love, ultimately, even if only love of self. And that was better than hate.... Did it matter if young men thought of fashion and hair gel when, not all that many years ago, their thoughts tended to turn to war and flags and the grim partisanship of the football terrace?
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These tests are designed to exclude others from the discourse - just as the word discourse is itself designed to do. These words are intended to say to people: this is a group thing. If you don't understand what we're talking about, you're not a member of the group. So, if you call this place the Canny Man's it shows that you belong, that you know what's what in Edinburgh. And that, you know, is what everybody wants, underneath. We want to belong.
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It would be wonderful to have a guru; it would be like having a social worker or a personal trainer, not that people who had either of these necessarily appreciated the advice they received.
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íThey are a very great boon to mankind, dentists,í said Isabel. ĎAnd Iím not sure that we are grateful enough to them. Iím not sure that we even bother to thank them.í She paused. Were there any statues of dentists? She thought not. And yet there should be.
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It is not enough just to identify a problem; there are plenty of people who were very skilled at pointing out what was wrong with the world, but they were not always so adept at working out how these things could be righted.
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Our minds can come up with the most entertaining possibilities, if we let them. But most of the time, we keep them under far too close a check.


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