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Quotes of the Day for 3 October 2003 – James Herriot

James Alfred Wight was born at Sunderland, England on this day in 1916. His family was living in Glasgow at the time, he grew up and was educated there, graduating from the Glasgow Veterinary College in 1940. He served in the Royal Air Force from 1941 to 1943, and served the farmers of Yorkshire as a veterinarian for fifty years, using the name Alf Wight. He started writing in 1966, under the name James Herriot, and published a series of books based on his work, starting with All Creatures Great and Small in 1972, which was also the name of the BBC series he inspired.

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The quotes:

I am never at my best in the early morning, especially a cold morning in the Yorkshire spring with a piercing March wind sweeping down from the fells, finding its way inside my clothing, nipping at my nose and ears.

I have never written for more than half an hour in my life. Writing to me only occupies a teeny wee bit of my life. And to be truthful, I hate writing. I wouldn't like the idea of writing all day at all.

Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.

I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs... [they] are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no right to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty.

If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
     - All from James Herriot, 1916 - 1995

The best doctor in the world is a veterinarian. He can't ask his patients what is the matter - he's got to just know.
     - Will Rogers, 1879 - 1935

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