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A. J. Cronin

Scottish novelist and physician
Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley. …

Archibald Joseph Cronin (19 July 18966 January 1981) was a Scottish novelist and physician, most famous for his works The Citadel and The Keys of the Kingdom.

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QuotesEdit

 
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.
 
Hell is that state where one has ceased to hope.
  • Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley.
    But always, if we have faith, a door will open for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, but one that will ultimately prove good for us.
    • As quoted in Knight's Treasury of Illustrations (1956), p. 149
  • Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.
    • As quoted in Today's Gift : Daily Meditations for Families (1985) by Hazelden Publishing, p. 11

The Citadel (1937)Edit

  • You are extraordinarily attractive to women. And your greatest charm is that you do not realise it.
    • Paraphrased variant: You are very attractive. And your greatest charm is that you do not realise it!

The Keys of the Kingdom (1941)Edit

  • Some temptations cannot be fought. One must close one's mind and fly from them.
    • p. 90
  • Hell is that state where one has ceased to hope.
    • p. 207
  • Even if my country remains at war with yours . . . remember ... I am not your enemy.
    • p. 281


MisattributedEdit

  • Religions are many, reason is one, we are all brothers.
    • Chinese proverb, as quoted in The Chinese Empire (1855), by M. Huc,Vol. II, p. 199; also in "M. Huc's Travels in China" in Living Age (1855), p, 668

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