"I remember the evacuee children from towns and cities throwing stones at the farm animals. When we explained that if you did that you wouldn't have any milk, meat or eggs, they soon learned to respect the animals."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Mary Wesley on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Mary Wesley on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Mary Wesley on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Mary Wesley on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Mary Wesley on Abraham Lincoln
"Twenty years ago, I was living in a lovely cottage on the edge of Dartmoor but I couldn't afford to run a car."
"Women's courage is rather different from men's. The fact that women have to bring up children and look after husbands makes them braver at facing long-term issues, such as illness. Men are more immediately courageous. Lots of people are brave in battle."
"I have deliberately left Sylvester and Julia's appearances to the reader's imagination."
"Imagination which comes into play in falling in love is different from any other. Certainly in my case, and I've fallen in love all my life, one imagines the person to be as you want them to be. They frequently turn out to be someone different, for better or worse."
"That image of the countryside being a threatening place still exists. People continue to resist the challenge of learning about aspects of life they don't understand."