The Insights of Rumer Godden


Rumer Godden is one of the foremost English language authors of the 20th century. She won The Whitbread Award for Children's Literature in 1972, was awarded the OBE in 1993 and nine of her books have been made into films, the most famous being Black Narcissus. She wrote some 60 works during her life, drawing on her experiences of life in India and Britain. She died in 1998 aged ninety-one.

Here are some quotes showing a variety on insights:

'Remember that people need only be told as much of the truth as they are entitled to know.’

There is an Indian proverb that says that everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emotional, and a spiritual . Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person.'

'When I was a child I remember days that stretched into infinity with the certainty of other infinite days; certain, unhurried and brimmingly full.’

'It is an anxious, sometimes a dangerous thing to be a doll. Dolls cannot choose; they can only be chosen; they cannot 'do'; they can only be done by.'

'Sometimes it seemed to him that the house had a bad wild life of its own; the impression of its evil lingered, in its name, in its atmosphere…'

'I loved Mr. Darcy far more than any of my own husbands.'

'Funny,' said Harriet to herself. 'The world goes on turning, and it has all these troubles in it.'

'When you learn to read you will be born again...and you will never be quite so alone again.'

'Harriet told her, 'Captain John was so brave. He stayed there in the battle until his leg was shot off.' Victoria's brown eyes rested thoughtfully on Captain John. 'Why didn't he stay until the other leg was shot off?' she asked. But he still seemed to like Victoria best.'

'In good company your thoughts run, in solitude your thought is still; it goes deeper and makes for itself a deeper groove, delves. Delve means 'dig with a spade'; it means hard work. In talk your mind can be stretched, widened, exhilarated to heights but it cannot be deepened; you have to deepen it yourself.’

‘It needs sturdiness. You will be lonely, you will be depressed; you must expect it; if you were training your body it would ache and be tired. It is worth it. There is a Hindu proverb which says: 'You only gr