The only thing I want is something I can't have; and that is to know if, 100 years from now, people will still buy my books.
I have a strong moral sense - by my standards.
Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.
[A] pessimist gets nothing but pleasant surprises, an optimist nothing but unpleasant.
Measure your minds height by the shadow it casts.
Being broke is not a disgrace, it is only a catastrophe.
Every Sherlock Holmes story has at least one marvelous scene.
The more you put in your brain, the more it will hold -- if you have one.
The only two kinds of books could earn an American writer a living are cookbooks and detective novels.
Only fools and philosophers waste time on the unknowable.
A guest is a jewel on the cushion of hospitality
Everything in a story should be credible.
As a professional writer of detective stories, I string along with the ballplayers. I love a ball game.
To read of a detective's daring finesse or ingenious stratagem is a rare joy.
All my important decisions are made for me by my subconscious. My frontal lobes are just kidding themselves that they decide anything at all. All they do is think up reasons for the decisions that are already made.
A hole in the ice is dangerous only to those who go skating.
God made you and me, in certain respects, quite unequal, and it would be futile to try any interference with His arrangements.
Of course the modern detective story puts off its best tricks till the last, but Doyle always put his best tricks first and that's why they're still the best ones.
MY rule is never to be rude to anyone unless you mean it.
Sometimes it's things that take the joy out of life, like a blowout when you're hitting sixty or a button coming off of a shirt when you're in a hurry, but usually it's people.
The Glass Key is better than anything Hemingway ever wrote
What the tongue has promised, the body must submit to.
I love to make a mistake. It is my only assurance that I cannot reasonably be expected to assume the responsibility of omniscience.
The incredible thing happens at the beginning of the story always, you notice, not the end. A Sherlock Holmes story is never a trick story.
The requisitions of the income tax have added greatly to the attractions of mercenary crime.
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