Author: Margery Allingham

Brief Info: English mystery novelist

Years Lived: 1904-1966

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Quotations


Occasions When the Intellect Retires Gracefully

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There are occasions when the intellect retires gracefully from a situation entirely behind its decorous control and leaves all the other complicated machinery of the mind to muddle through on its own.

From the book Dancers In Mourning

— 1934


The Only Sign of Mental Activity

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The other pictures varied between the sentimentally lewd and the illustrated Scotch joke variety wherein Glengarried dogs take the place of figures. There were no books and a small writing table with drawers was the only sign of mental activity.

From the book Dancers In Mourning

— 1934


A Dark Procession

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Mercer did not think at all in the accepted sense of the word. Ideas occurred to him and engendered other ideas. But the process which linked any two of them was a dark procession taking place in some subconscious part of the brain.

From the book Dancers in Mourning

— 1934


Merely Thoroughly Outrageous

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He made the discovery with a certain amount of relief, since it took him at least out of the region of pure fantasy and into the merely thoroughly outrageous, with which as a modern he was by now more or less familiar.

From the book The Tiger in the Smoke

— 1952

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