Nancy Mitford

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Nancy Mitford (28 November 1904–30 June 1973]) was an English novelist, biographer, and journalist.

A photo of Nancy Mitford taken in 1932
Nancy Mitford in 1932 (Unidentified photographer for Bassano Ltd, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)


  • I think housework is far more tiring and frightening than hunting is, no comparison, and yet after hunting we had eggs for tea and were made to rest for hours, but after housework people expect one to go on just as if nothing special had happened.
    • The Pursuit of Love (1945).
  • The great advantage of living in a large family is that early lesson of life’s essential unfairness.
    • The Pursuit of Love (1945).
  • I am sometimes bored by people, but never by life.
    • The Blessing (1951)
  • If somebody could write a book for people who never read they would make a fortune.
    • Love from Nancy (Houghton Mifflin, 1993).

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