Penelope Fitzgerald Quotes

It's very good for an idea to be commonplace. The important thing is that a new idea should develop out of what is already there so that it soon becomes an old acquaintance. Old acquaintances aren't by any means always welcome, but at least one can't be mistaken as to who or what they are.
Penelope Fitzgerald (b. 1916), British author. Fred Fairly, in The Gate of Angels, ch. 20 (1990). Lecturing to his students at Cambridge.
If they don't depend on true evidence, scientists are no better than gossips.
Penelope Fitzgerald (b. 1916), British author. Herbert Flowerdew to Fred Fairly, in The Gate of Angels, ch. 3 (1990).