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My childhood was appalling. ...
by Taylor Caldwell

My childhood was appalling.
- Taylor Caldwell

It is a waste of money to help those who show no desire to help themselves.
- Taylor Caldwell

I have been constantly betrayed and deceived all my life.
- Taylor Caldwell

People are scared to death of dying.
I am the opposite.
- Taylor Caldwell

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I have written two medical novels.
I have never studied medicine, never seen an operation.
- Taylor Caldwell

I have been the victim of heartless malice.
- Taylor Caldwell

One of my grandsons used to insist, when he was only 3 or 4,
that he had been born and had lived in India.
- Taylor Caldwell


 

The feeble soul merely whines and complains.
- Taylor Caldwell

My relatives used to laugh when I talked of being a writer.
- Taylor Caldwell

Obscurity can be a fire of ambition in those who have stalwart souls.
- Taylor Caldwell

I have always had a horror and detestation of poverty.
- Taylor Caldwell

I am not convinced that there is such a thing as a soul.
- Taylor Caldwell

I like animals because they are not consciously cruel
and don't betray each other.
- Taylor Caldwell

Even the most malignant gods would not continue to
inflict life upon humanity,
time without end.
- Taylor Caldwell

I wanted to acquire an education, work extremely hard
and never deviate from my goal,
to make it.
- Taylor Caldwell

I am the skeptic of skeptics.
- Taylor Caldwell

Though I am a Catholic, a professing one,
I have serious doubts about the survival of the human personality after death.
- Taylor Caldwell

My dreams are all follies.
- Taylor Caldwell

My life has been tragic and disastrous since birth.
- Taylor Caldwell

The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled,
and assistance to foreign hands should be curtailed,
lest Rome fall.
- Taylor Caldwell

I am deeply convinced that happiness does not exist in this world.
- Taylor Caldwell

In sleep, you are safe from the revolting mechanics
of living and being a prey to outrageous fortune.
- Taylor Caldwell

My literary success meant nothing to me.
- Taylor Caldwell

I'm not that interested in people.
- Taylor Caldwell

Women's Lib? I couldn't stand it.
- Taylor Caldwell

I never deviated from my grim determination to someday
have all the money I needed and wanted.
- Taylor Caldwell

The very idea of carrying my memory into eternity devastated me,
and I took refuge in atheism.
- Taylor Caldwell

No woman has ever been an authentic genius of the stature of men,
but that does not enrage me.
- Taylor Caldwell

I will ge glad to have done with this life forever.
- Taylor Caldwell

At 8, I made a pact with God.
- Taylor Caldwell

Money? I lost all taste for it.
- Taylor Caldwell

Giving a phenomenon a label does not explain it.
- Taylor Caldwell

It is human nature to instinctively rebel at obscurity or ordinariness.
- Taylor Caldwell

Learning should be a joy and full of excitement.
It is life's greatest adventure; it is an illustrated
excursion into the minds of the noble and the learned.
- Taylor Caldwell

I was never afraid of anything in the world except the dentist.
- Taylor Caldwell

I am a Westerner of Westerners!
- Taylor Caldwell

Those who claim to have had happy lives seem to be silly fools.
- Taylor Caldwell

I gratefully look forward to oblivion,
but I must be sure of it.
- Taylor Caldwell

I will know him by his eyes.
- Taylor Caldwell

The stalwart soul has the will to live and is eager for the race.
- Taylor Caldwell

Character, I am sure, lies in the genes.
- Taylor Caldwell

I often reread books I have written.
- Taylor Caldwell

Are we not all desperate one way or another?
- Taylor Caldwell

I've always enjoyed poor health.
- Taylor Caldwell

If genetic memory or racial memory persists,
is it possible that individual memory also exists from previous lives?
- Taylor Caldwell

Tel Aviv appeals to me.
- Taylor Caldwell

If they can't do it in California, it can't be done anywhere.
- Taylor Caldwell

I have anonymously helped many thousands.
- Taylor Caldwell

I have had four happy days in my life,
and three of them turned out to be illusions.
- Taylor Caldwell

I have thought that I have seen ghosts on many occasions.
- Taylor Caldwell

I converse with my dog through ESP.
- Taylor Caldwell

If there is a God, then he was particularly harsh to me.
- Taylor Caldwell

The world is a penal institution.
- Taylor Caldwell

Nothing is more memorable than a smell.
One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting,
yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.
- Diane Ackerman

Friendships in childhood are usually a matter of chance,
whereas in adolescence they are most often a matter of choice.
- David Elkind

The most important influence in my childhood was my father.
- DeForest Kelley

When you finally go back to your old home,
you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood.
- Sam Ewing

It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary
to put all the play and learning into childhood,
all the work into middle age,
and all the regrets into old age.
- Margaret Mead

I had no idea that mothering my own child would be
so healing to my own sadness from my childhood.
- Susie Bright

My father was a farmer and my mother was a farmer,
but, my childhood was very good.
I am very grateful for my childhood,
because it was full of gladness and good humanity.
- Roberto Benigni

I was always a dreamer, in childhood especially.
People thought I was a little strange.
- Charley Pride

Adolescence is the conjugator of childhood and adulthood.
- Louise J. Kaplan

My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood,
musical roots buried in the darkest soil.
- Ray Charles

My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood,
but it didn't because parenting can only be learned
by people who have no children.
- Bill Cosby

Childhood obesity is best tackled at home through improved parental involvement,
increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint from eating.
- Bob Filner

I started writing movie scripts.
They excited me a lot, but I didn't like them when
they were finished because they were simple copies
of the films I saw in childhood.
- Manuel Puig

There's something about childhood friends that you just can't replace.
- Lisa Whelchel

Every single person in jail for a violent crime had a nightmare childhood.
- Rob Reiner

We were just a gaggle of kids, and everybody played
together and had a good time.
You know how kids can be completely horrible -
abusive but fun.
But anyway, it was a nice childhood.
- Peter Jurasik

In my childhood, America was like a religion.
Then, real-life Americans abruptly entered my life -
in jeeps -
and upset all my dreams.
- Sergio Leone

When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults.
- Brian Aldiss


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