Katharine Whitehorn

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Katharine Elizabeth Whitehorn (2 March 19288 January 2021) was a British journalist, writer, and columnist for the London Observer known for her wit and commentary on women in their times.


  • There are some circles in America where it seems to be more socially acceptable to carry a hand-gun than a packet of cigarettes.
    • The Observer (London, 30 October 1988)
  • Any committee that is the slightest use is composed of people who are too busy to want to sit on it for a second longer than they have to.
    • Are You Sitting Comfortably?, from Observations (1970)
  • I wouldn't say when you've seen one Western you've seen the lot; but when you've seen the lot you get the feeling you've seen one.
    • Decoding the West, from Sunday Best (1976)
  • People get a bad impression of it by continually trying to treat it as if it was a bank clerk, who ought to be on time on Tuesday next, instead of philosophically seeing it as a painter, who may do anything so long as you don't try to predict what.
    • "Of the English climate" The Observer (London, 7 August 1966)
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