Margaret Halsey

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Margaret Halsey was an American writer who lived in the United Kingdom for a short time. Her first book With Malice Towards Some (1938) grew out of her experiences there. It was a witty and humorous bestseller, selling 600,000 copies. It won one of the early National Book Awards: the Most Original Book of 1938, voted by members of the American Booksellers Association.

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Many people will automatically develop a sort of selective morality. They will have one set of ethics—the one they were taught as children and been used to all their lives—for judging their selves and their friends. They will have another, and a much lower one, for the President of the United States. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Bulldogs have been known to fall on their swords when confronted by my superior tenacity.
He has the common feeling of his profession. He enjoys a statement twice as much if it appears in fine print, and anything that turns up in a footnote... takes on the character of divine revelation.
Humility is not my forte, and whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people's characters. Time
I was well warned about English food, so it did not surprise me, but I do wonder sometimes, how they ever manage to prise it up long enough to get a plate under it. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
In some circumstances, the refusal to be defeated is a refusal to be educated.
Some persons talk simply because they think sound is more manageable than silence.
The English never smash in a face. They merely refrain from asking it to dinner.
The role of a do-gooder is not what actors call a fat part.
Whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people's characters. Time