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.
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.
The only two kinds of books could earn an American writer a living are cookbooks and detective novels.
Every Sherlock Holmes story has at least one marvelous scene.
A hole in the ice is dangerous only to those who go skating.
The more you put in your brain, the more it will hold -- if you have one.
A guest is a jewel on the cushion of hospitality
Only fools and philosophers waste time on the unknowable.
The requisitions of the income tax have added greatly to the attractions of mercenary crime.
MY rule is never to be rude to anyone unless you mean it.
The Glass Key is better than anything Hemingway ever wrote
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.
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.
There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.
Dignities are like faces; no two are the same.
The fricassee with dumplings is made by a Mrs. Miller whose husband has left her four times on account of her disposition and returned four times on account of her cooking...
One trouble with living beyond your deserved number of years is that there's always some reason to live another year. And I'd like to live another year so that Nixon won't be President. If he's re-elected I'll have to live another four years.
There are two kinds of characters in all fiction, the born and the synthetic. If the writer has to ask himself questions - is he tall, is he short? - he had better quit.
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