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.
Measure your minds height by the shadow it casts.
Being broke is not a disgrace, it is only a catastrophe.
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.
A hole in the ice is dangerous only to those who go skating.
The only two kinds of books could earn an American writer a living are cookbooks and detective novels.
A guest is a jewel on the cushion of hospitality
Only fools and philosophers waste time on the unknowable.
[A] pessimist gets nothing but pleasant surprises, an optimist nothing but unpleasant.
Every Sherlock Holmes story has at least one marvelous scene.
The trouble with an alarm clock is that what seems sensible when you set it seems absurd when it goes off
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.
There's nothing as safe as ignorance or as dangerous.
There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.
I love to make a mistake. It is my only assurance that I cannot reasonably be expected to assume the responsibility of omniscience.
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)
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.
God made you and me, in certain respects, quite unequal, and it would be futile to try any interference with His arrangements.
MY rule is never to be rude to anyone unless you mean it.
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