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.
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.
Everything in a story should be credible.
The only two kinds of books could earn an American writer a living are cookbooks and detective novels.
A hole in the ice is dangerous only to those who go skating.
Only fools and philosophers waste time on the unknowable.
A guest is a jewel on the cushion of hospitality
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.
Genius is fine for the ignition spark, but to get there someone has to see that the radiator doesn't leak and no tire is flat.
I try to know what I need to know. I make sure to know what I want to know. (Nero Wolfe)
The trouble with an alarm clock is that what seems sensible when you set it seems absurd when it goes off
I love to make a mistake. It is my only assurance that I cannot reasonably be expected to assume the responsibility of omniscience.
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.
The Glass Key is better than anything Hemingway ever wrote
A person who does not read cannot think. He may have good mental processes, but he has nothing to think about. You can feel for people or natural phenomena and react to them, but they are not ideas. You cannot think about them.
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