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    The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal- or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: cat 
     
    A lady cannot be blamed if a master criminal takes a fancy to her.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: master  criminal 
     
    If you take a man by surprise, and behave with sufficient arrogance, he will generally do what you ask.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: men  arrogance 
     
    The combination of physical strength and moral sincerity combined with tenderness of heart is exactly what is wanted in a husband.--Ameila Peabody
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: heart  morals  strength 
     
    There are too many people in the world as it is, but the supply of ancient manuscripts is severely limited.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: people  world 
     
    Many persons lead lives of crushing boredom.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: live 
     
    Humor is an excellent method of keeping a tight rein on unproductive displays of emotion.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: humor  emotion 
     
    The trouble with unknown enemies is that they are so difficult to identify.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: enemies  enemy 
     
    I have learned that particularly clever ideas do not always stand up under close scrutiny.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: ideas 
     
    Another dead body. Every year it is the same. Every year, another dead body...
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: body  year 
     
    Your trousers are on fire. I would have told you, but you so dislike advice...
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: advice  fire 
     
    If all else fails, we will simply have to drug our attendants, overpower the guards, raise the oppressed peasants to arms, and take over the government.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: drugs  government  fail 
     
    When one is striding bravely into the future one cannot watch one's footing.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: future 
     
    Is is difficult to be angry with a gentleman who pays you compliments, even impertinent compliments. Especially impertinent compliments.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: compliment 
     
    It is much more sensible to be an optimist instead of a pessimist, for if one is doomed to disappointment, why experience it in advance?
    — Elizabeth Peters
    I do not scruple to employ mendacity and a fictitious appearance of female incompetence when the occasion demands it.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: occasion 
     
    Most men are reasonably useful in a crisis. The difficulty lies in convincing them that the situation has reached a critical point
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: men  lies 
     
    I disapprove of matrimony as a matter of principle.... Why should any independent, intelligent female choose to subject herself to the whims and tyrannies of a husband? I assure you, I have yet to meet a man as sensible as myself! (Amelia Peabody)
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: men 
     
    Marriage, in my view, should be a balanced stalemate between equal adversaries.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: marriage 
     
    No woman really wants a man to carry her off; she only wants him to want to do it.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: men  women 
     
    The man had no more romance in his soul than a codfish.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: men  soul  romance 
     
    Men are frail creatures, of course; one does not expect them to exhibit the steadfastness of women.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: men  women 
     
    Men are so easy to manipulate, poor things.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: men  poor 
     
    Since I am not as stupid as my children believe I am, I had immediately realized this might be a ruse, but I was not at all averse to a confrontation. In fact, I had been hoping for some such thing.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: children  believe  child  facts 
     
    I would never have supposed that inexperienced girl was capable of such cold-blooded, calculating manipulation!
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: girls 
     
    The approval of a cat cannot but flatter the recipient.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: cat 
     
    Bless the ladies and their charming inconsistency! They demand to be treated like men, but they react like women.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: men  women 
     
    I do hope you have some money. I'm getting tired of hitting people.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: people  hope  money 
     
    The secret of happiness is to enjoy the moment, without allowing unhappy memories or fear of the future to shadow the shining present.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    I felt obligated by friendship as well as duty to make certain they were comfortably housed. Since men seem to measure comfort by the degree of dirt and confusion that prevails, I deduced that they were very comfortable.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    I do not doubt he has a low opinion of women too. Gallantry is often a cloak for contempt.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: women  doubt  opinion 
     
    I had had my night of weeping… I had purged myself of useless emotions that terrible night, now every nerve every sinew, every thought was bent on a single purpose
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: thoughts  emotion  night 
     
    love has a most unfortunate effect on the brain,
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: brain 
     
    I always carry the book of Holy Writ… and something to read...
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: holy  book  read 
     
    The men had scattered in all directions, which men are inclined to do when women leave them to their own devices for any length of time. I believe they are easily bored.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: time  men  women  believe 
     
    I have always been of the opinion that your successes are due not so much to your medical skill as your dogged determination. No one would have the audacity to die when you are doctoring them.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    That must be why some people like dogs; they can be made to feel guilty about anything, including the sins of their owners. Cats refuse to take the blame for anything - including their own sins.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: people  cat  sin 
     
    Fists and rocks and clubs can do a limited amount of harm, but a gun is entirely different. It makes a weak man feel like a hero and a strong man feel as if he is immortal, and it removes the last inhibition a killer might feel. You don't have to be close to a man to put a bullet in him. You don't have to have to see his face.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: men  hero  immortal  strong 
     
    It was a needless precaution, I felt sure, but men always enjoy marching around with weapons and flexing their figurative muscles, and I saw no reason to deny them this harmless exercise.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: men  exercise 
     
    Don't sound so surprised. I have sensible moments, you know.
    — Elizabeth Peters
    tags: moment 
     
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