• I said I *liked* being half-educated; you were so much more *surprised* at everything when you were ignorant

    Gerald Durrell
  • My childhood in Corfu shaped my life. If I had the craft of Merlin, I would give every child the gift of my childhood

    Gerald Durrell
  • It's all your fault, Mother,' said Larry austerely; 'you shouldn't have brought us up to be so selfish.' 'I like that!' exclaimed Mother. 'I never did anything of the sort!' 'Well, we didn't get as selfish as this without some guidance,' said Larry

    Gerald Durrell
  • In conservation, the motto should always be 'never say die'

    Gerald Durrell
  • Theodore had an apparently inexhaustible fund of knowledge about everything, but he imparted this knowledge with a sort of meticulous diffidence that made you feel he was not so much teaching you something new, as reminding you of something which you were already aware of, but which had, for some reason or other, slipped your mind

    Gerald Durrell
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