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Dick Francis

Dátum narodenia: 31. október 1920
Dátum úmrtia: 14. február 2010

Dick Francis bol britský spisovateľ detektívnych románov. Tento bývalý džokej si získal dobré meno ako autor detektívok z dostihového prostredia. Narodil sa ako Richard Stanley Francis v mestečku Lawrenny v južnom Walese.

„Neopúšťaj krčmu pokiaľ čapujú, neopúšťaj tému, pokiaľ je aktuálna, neopúšťaj ženu u dverí domova.“

„Some are born weird, some achieve it, others have weirdness thrust upon them.“ To the Hilt

„Most people think, when they're young, that they're going to the top of their chosen world, and that the climb up is only a formality. Without that faith, I suppose, they might never start. Somewhere on the way they lift their eyes to the summit and know they aren't going to reach it; and happiness then is looking down and enjoying the view they've got, not envying the one they haven't.“ Reflex

„Love's easy to learn. It's like taking a risk. You set your mind on it and refuse to be afraid, and in no time you feel terrifically exhilarated and all your inhibitions fly out of the window.“ Dead Cert

„I guessed life was like that. You gained and you lost, and if you saved anything from the ruins, even if only a shred of self-respect, it was enough to take you through the next bit.“ Whip Hand

„But one discarded dreams and got dressed, and made what one could of the day.“ Whip Hand

„How could people, I wondered for the ten thousandth useless time, how could people who had loved so dearly come to such a wilderness; and yet the change in us was irreversible, and neither of us would even search for a way back. It was impossible. The fire was out. Only a few live coals lurked in the ashes, searing unexpectedly at the incautious touch.“ Whip Hand

„Life has a way of kicking one along like a football, or so I've found. Fate had never dealt me personally a particularly easy time, but that was OK, that was normal. Most people, it seemed to me, took their turn to be football. Most survived. Some didn't.“ Straight

„I'd always found goodness more interesting then evil, though I was aware this wasn't the most general view. To my mind, it took more work and more courage to be good, an opinion continually reinforced by my own shortcomings.“ Comeback

„May I deal with honour
May I act with courage
May I achieve humility“

„Logic doesn't stop you feeling. You can behave logically and it can hurt like hell. Or it can comfort you. Or release you. Or all at the same time“ The Danger

„The dignity of man was everywhere tissue-paper thin.“ Banker

„one should never assume anything“ Crossfire

„But what do you say if you're asked a direct question and you can't tell the truth and you can't tell a lie?'
'You say “how very interesting” and change the subject.“
10 lb Penalty

„I hadn’t had a mother since I was two, and from then until seven I had believed God was someone who had run off with her and was living with her somewhere else... (God took your mother, dear, because he needed her more than you do) which had never endeared him to me“ Bonecrack

„I had set myself an unattainable ideal. Such human skill I could summon wasn’t enough for the job. I felt the suicidal despair of all who longed to do what they couldn’t, what only a few in each century could – whether blessed or cursed in spirit. No achievement was ever finite. There was no absolute summit. No peak of Everest to plant a flag on. Success was someone else’s opinion.“

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