Phyllis Dorothy James, known professionally as P. D. James, (3 August 1920 – 27 November 2014) was an English crime writer.
She became famous for a series of detective novels whose protagonist is police commander and poet Adam Dalgliesh.
According to her “What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order”
✔️ “We can experience nothing but the present moment, live in no other second of time, and to understand this is as close as we can get to eternal life.”
✔️ “We all die alone. We shall endure death as once we enjoyed birth. You can’t share either experience”
✔️ “Man is diminished if he lives without knowledge of his past; without hope of a future he becomes a beast.”
✔️ “History, which interprets the past to understand the present and confront the future is the least rewarding discipline for a dying species.”
✔️ “What a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give.”