Namaste friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the book - The Rose Code by Kate Quinn. The Rose Code is a heart-stopping World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.
Canada was beautiful, but England was home. Better to be bombed at home among friends than be safe and corroding in exile.
If he doesn’t love me in a boiler suit, he’s not worth dressing up for in the first place.
I wish the war would get going. This waiting ... we know they’re going to come at us. Part of me wishes they’d just do it. The sooner it’s begun, the sooner it’s over.
No one should tell their mother more than one-third of anything they get up to.
The last thing a man at war needed was gloom from the home front.
I don’t mind men who are shorter than me. I mind men who are touchy about being shorter than me.
A girl couldn’t let herself be carried away in the heat of the moment - that was for men, who had nothing to lose.
When a girl has broken national security to ease your mind about your family’s lying in the path of an invasion route, she has officially become a friend.
Marry for friendship, not love. Friends listen better than lovers!
It doesn’t matter if you’re fighting a war with swords, with bombers, or with sticks and stones - weapons are no good unless you know when and where to aim them.
Wars are cyclical. It shouldn’t surprise anyone when they come round again.
You don’t know how men sometimes use women. How they use and then leave women they never intended to marry. Nice boys do that. Gentlemen do that. Even princes.
We ladies pinch and make do when it comes to darning stockings and using bootblack for eyeliner, but at least we can top a worn-out ensemble with a really smashing hat. That’s very good for morale, in wartime.
I can break anything. Give me a pencil and a crib, and I’ll crack the world.
How could you hope to build anything with a man, when so many of the things you had to tell him were lies?
It happens, you know. Strain. It gets even the best brains in the business. Sometimes the best brains are the ones that get it worst.
Cambridge is lovelier than Oxford. Don’t let any of the Oxford blokes tell you different.
I crack messages. I don’t interpret them. It doesn’t matter to me what I’m breaking. Why complicate things when there aren’t hardly enough hours in the day as is?
If you were a man and you wrote funny pieces about daily life, they called it satire. If you were a woman and you wrote funny pieces about daily life, they called it fluff.
A gentleman never pushed things past a certain point with a girl unless there was some kind of understanding that things would soon be made permanent.
Anyone can be fodder for machine guns, but only a few can break top-level ciphers. This war needs your skull intact. Let someone else get blown up - better them than you.
In a war, you save who you can. Whenever you can.
I am patriotic enough to commit treason in my country’s best interests. Grow up. Countries are high, shining ideals, but governments are made of selfish, greedy men. Can you honestly say our fellows at the top always know what they’re doing?
The best lies have the most truth.
People suspect women of hanky-panky. But they never suspect women of espionage. No one thinks women can keep secrets.
There’s simply nothing like French cigarettes, French knickers, or French men!