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.
Every Sherlock Holmes story has at least one marvelous scene.
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.
The more you put in your brain, the more it will hold -- if you have one.
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.
Only fools and philosophers waste time on the unknowable.
A hole in the ice is dangerous only to those who go skating.
A guest is a jewel on the cushion of hospitality
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 Glass Key is better than anything Hemingway ever wrote
God made you and me, in certain respects, quite unequal, and it would be futile to try any interference with His arrangements.
The requisitions of the income tax have added greatly to the attractions of mercenary crime.
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.
MY rule is never to be rude to anyone unless you mean it.
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.
Wolfe scowled at her. I could see he was torn with conflicting emotions. A female in his kitchen was an outrage. A woman criticizing his or Fritz's cooking was an insult. But corned beef hash was one of life's toughest problems, never yet solved by anyone.
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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