This Dorothy never was in Kansas

Sayers-1Oh, the struggle of first-draft writing!

Sometimes I get stuck simply because I hang out with authors who write so exceptionally well. And I kind of don’t, at least not at first.

The late Dorothy L. Sayers—English crime writer, playwright, classical language translator, and Christian apologist—is one of my favorites.

She also has a delightful sense of snark.

Just the thing for a dreary Monday!

“A human being must have occupation, if he or she is not to become a nuisance to the world.”

So maybe it’s a good thing that some people live for video games?

“The English language has a deceptive air of simplicity; so have some little frocks; but they are both not the kind of thing you can run up in half an hour with a machine.”

No kidding. Effortless writing only looks that way.

“Paradoxical as it may seem, to believe in youth is to look backward; to look forward we must believe in age.”DLSayers

Now doesn’t this just make your day!

“None of us feels the true love of God till we realize how wicked we are. But you can’t teach people that—they have to learn by experience.”

Indeed. And God, being gracious, bides His time.

Happy Monday, friends.

12 thoughts on “This Dorothy never was in Kansas

  1. “None of us feels the true love of God till we realize how wicked we are. But you can’t teach people that—they have to learn by experience.”

    It’s funny how we more-than-middle-agers in the church nod and look knowingly at one another when someone young gives their testimony of their youthful wickedness tamed by submission to Christ. I suspect, from my own experience, those nodding gray heads, that look as though they don’t get up to much in the way of sin may be the least tamed and submitted of them all.

    Go, Dorothy!

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    1. Oh, bring that up, will you? 😉

      Yes, in middle life I came upon the old-fashioned concept of the besetting sin. That is to say, sins that I am prone to that don’t go away simply because I pretend they aren’t there.

      The longer I live the more I see how much I need to grow and change.


  2. I love Dorothy Sayers. Thank you for the post and great quotes. I remember this from seminary: “He was in born in poverty, and died in disgrace, and found it well worthwhile.”

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    1. Tonia, how you keep up with so many blogs is a marvel. I am woefully behind, stumbling along in your wake. (But moving, I am moving!)

      Thanks, too, for the reblog. So much fun in one handy location. 🙂


    1. Late to the party? After the week you’ve had, I marvel that you have been anywhere on the Internet. Thanks so much for stopping by, Robin. Dorothy L Sayers inspires me both as a skilled writer and a thinking Christian … who relished opposition. I run like a coward, but not Dorothy!


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