Quotes by Alexander McCall Smith

"You can go through life and make new friends every year - every month practically - but there was never any substitute for those friendships of childhood that survive into adult years. Those are the ones in which we are bound to one another with hoops of steel."

"It is sometimes easier to be happy if you don't know everything."

"She was made for untidy rooms and rumpled beds."

"Gracious acceptance is an art - an art which most never bother to cultivate. We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be much harder than giving.... Accepting another person's gift is allowing him to express his feelings for you."

"The telling of a story, like virtually everything in this life, was always made all the easier by a cup of tea."

Books by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • 3,202,964 ratings
  • July 3rd 2014 by Vintage Digital

    (first published January 28th 1813)

  • Kidnapped
  • 58,743 ratings
  • August 6th 2009 by Puffin Classics

    (first published 1886)

Alexander McCall Smith
  • Alexander McCall Smith

  • Born: in Bulawayo (formerly the British colony of Southern Rhodesia), Zimbabwe.

  • Description: Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and he was a law professor at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland. Visit him online at www.alexandermccallsmith.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter.