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    It is bitter to lose a friend to evil, before one loses him to death.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: death  evil  friends 
     
    All tragedies deal with fated meetings; how else could there be a play? Fate deals its stroke; sorrow is purged, or turned to rejoicing; there is death, or triumph; there has been a meeting, and a change. No one will ever make a tragedy - and that is as well, for one could not bear it - whose grief is that the principals never met.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: death  fate  grief  sorrow  tragedy  meeting 
     
    Love is a boaster at heart, who cannot hide the stolen horse without giving a glimpse of the bridle.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: heart  giving 
     
    To hate excellence is to hate the gods.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: hate  excellence  god 
     
    We Persians have a saying that one should deliberate serious matters first drunk, then sober.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: saying 
     
    Alexander, of whom men tell many legends, lived by his own. Achilles must have Patroklos. He might love his Briseis; but Patroklos was the friend till death. At their tombs in Troy, Alexander and Hephaistion had sacrificed together. Wound Patroklos, and Achilles will have your blood.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: death  men  friends  blood 
     
    It is something, I thought, when a king can put a courtesan to the blush.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: thoughts 
     
    Do not believe that others will die, not you.... I have wrestled with Thanatos knee to knee and I know how death is vanquished. Man's immortality is not to live forever; for that wish is born of fear. Each moment free from fear makes a man immortal.
    — Mary Renault
    In all men is evil sleeping; the good man is he who will not awaken it, in himself or in other men.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: evil  men 
     
    One might have supposed that the true act of love was to lie together and talk.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: lies  true 
     
    All men seek esteem; the best by lifting themselves, which is hard to do, the rest by shoving others down, which is much easier.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: men 
     
    Go with your fate, but not beyond. Beyond leads to dark places.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: fate  dark 
     
    Clouds of black birds rose up wailing and screaming, like the thoughts of my heart.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: heart  thoughts  black 
     
    In hatred as in love, we grow like the thing we brood upon. What we loathe, we graft into our very soul.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: soul  hatred 
     
    Change is the sum of the universe, and what is of nature ought not to be feared. But one gives it hostages, and lays one's grief upon the gods. Sokrates is free, and would have taught me freedom. But I have yoked the immortal horse that draws the chariot with a horse of earth; and when the one falls, both are entangled in the traces.
    — Mary Renault
    He sees himself in his lover as if in a mirror, not knowing whom he sees, And when they are together, he too is released from pain, and when apart, he longs as he himself is longed for; for reflected in his heart is love's image, which is love's answer. But he calls it, and believes it, not love but friendship...
    — Mary Renault
    A man is at his youngest when he thinks he is a man, not yet realizing that his actions must show it.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: men  action 
     
    The rightness of a thing isn't determined by the amount of courage it takes.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: courage 
     
    Everything is change; and you cannot step twice into the same river.
    — Mary Renault
    How can people trust the harvest, unless they see it sown?
    — Mary Renault
    tags: people  trust 
     
    It is bitter to lose a friend to evil before one loses him to death.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: death  evil  friends 
     
    Often beauty grows dull or common when speech breaks the mask ...
    — Mary Renault
    tags: beauty  speech 
     
    It is better to believe in men too rashly, and regret, than believe too meanly. Men could be more than they are, if they would try for it. He has shown them that.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: men  believe  regret 
     
    One must live as if it would be forever, and as if one might die each moment. Always both at once.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: live  forever  moment  die 
     
    By her shining and her power he knew her.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: power 
     
    But it is not for the perfect vase or the polished gem to choose their owners.
    — Mary Renault
    When we serve the great, they are our destiny.
    — Mary Renault
    You can make an audience see nearly anything, if you yourself believe in it.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: believe 
     
    Each man in his life honors, and imitates as well as he can, that god to whose choir he belonged, while he is uncorrupted in his first incarnation here; and in the fashion he has thus learned, he bears himself to his beloved as well as to the rest. So, then, each chooses from among the beautiful a love conforming to his kind, and then, as if his chosen were his god, he sets him up and robes him for worship.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: fashion  men  beautiful  god  worship  honor 
     
    There is madness in youth, but sometimes a god inspires it.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: youth  madness  god  inspire 
     
    I was a king and a king's heir and now I am a slave.
    — Mary Renault
    Longing performs all things
    — Mary Renault
    tags: longing 
     
    True friends share everything, except the past before they met.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: past  friends  true  shares 
     
    Money buys many things... The best of which is freedom.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: freedom  money 
     
    It is better to learn war early from friends, than late from enemies
    — Mary Renault
    tags: enemies  friends  enemy  war  learn 
     
    Miss Searle had always considered boredom an intellectual defeat.
    — Mary Renault
    There is only one kind of shock worse than the totally unexpected: the expected for which one has refused to prepare.
    — Mary Renault
    But courage without conduct is the virtue of a robber, or a tyrant.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: virtue  courage 
     
    What keeps the democracy alive at all but the hatred of excellence; the desire of the base to see no head higher than their own?
    — Mary Renault
    Never destroy without thought your enemy's pretences; they are usually your best weapon against him.
    — Mary Renault
    tags: thoughts 
     
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    mary renault
    Birth    : September 4, 1905
    Death  : December 13, 1983
    Occupation  : Writer