Alexander Mccall Smith Quotes

R. Alexander "Sandy" McCall Smith, CBE, FRSE (born 24 August 1948), is a British writer and Emeritus Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. In the late 20th century, McCall Smith became a respected expert on medical law and bioethics and served on British and international committees concerned with these issues

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Alexander Mccall Smith


If you lose sight of the smaller accomplishments, you end up with an imbalance in your life.

Alexander Mccall Smith


My wife Elizabeth and I started The Really Terrible Orchestra for people like us who are pretty hopeless musicians who would like to play in an orchestra. It has been a great success. We give performances; we've become the most famous bad orchestra in the world.

Alexander Mccall Smith


The Okavango Delta is an astonishing sight: the great Okavango River, rather than flow towards the sea, flows inland, into the sands of the Kalahari.

Alexander Mccall Smith


That my philosophy of life is, as far as possible, one of enjoyment. I'm not nihilistic.

Alexander Mccall Smith


New York is a wonderful place to be up, an awful place to be down.

Alexander Mccall Smith


I have three older sisters, so we were a reasonably large family and, in general, a happy one.

Alexander Mccall Smith


Absurdly, irrationally, she believed that music could make a difference to the temper of the world.She did not investigate this belief, test it to see whether it made sense;she simply believed it, and so she chose music that expressed order and healing:Bach for order, Mozart for healing."

Alexander Mccall Smith


Manners are the basic building blocks of civil society.

Alexander Mccall Smith


It seems to me that we're in danger of losing sight of certain basic civic values in society by allowing the growth of a whole generation of people who really have no sense of attachment to society.

Alexander Mccall Smith


I would certainly never consider myself a Renaissance Man; I'm not fit to look at the dust from the chariot wheels of many of those who have gone before me.

Alexander Mccall Smith


The local community is very important in one's life; the feelings of identification with a place and people.

Alexander Mccall Smith


You do not have to ladle on the impasto to make a point about human frailty or ambitions.

Alexander Mccall Smith


Whatever Scotland was, it was not a matriarchy; whereas the United States was a profoundly matriarchal society - and much more feminine than would be suggested by all that male bravado. That was a front, and a misleading one at that; underneath the male swagger lay a passive acceptance of female dominance - a fact not always appreciated by outsiders.

Alexander Mccall Smith


The point of opera is that people are moved by the emotions and music.

Alexander Mccall Smith


Many of my books are written from a female perspective. I rather enjoy the take that women have on the world, and certainly I enjoy the conversations that women have.

Alexander Mccall Smith