Stories are like assholes. Everybody's got one and most of 'em stink.
And, as long as you can make yourself go on choosing the pain over the relief, you can keep going.
When you get older, keeping the private stuff private seems less important.
Back then, before it became clear that democracy was best served by a drunken electorate, the bars in New York City were required to close on Election Day.
Man, I so sick of dinosaurs. They wasn't extinct, I'd go out an' kill 'em myself.
I don't know about the rest of the country but in New York more people have learned anonymity from rent control than ever discovered it in a twelve-step program.
Everybody's weird, fundamentally everybody is a snap. Sometimes it's a sexual thing and sometimes it's a different kind of weirdness, but one way or another everybody's nuts.
Booze and tobacco and lots of sex. It keeps a lad young.
I wouldn't presume to define noir - if we could define it, we wouldn't need to use a French word for it - but it seems to me it's more a way of looking at the world than what one sees.
To say I drank my way into marriage isn't much of an exaggeration, and it's none at all to say I drank my way out of it.
New York is an ugly city, a dirty city... But there is one thing about it. Once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough.
I don't plan an awful lot in life just as I don't plan an awful lot in my fiction.
Dangerous thing, giving humanity the knowledge of good and evil. And the capacity to make the wrong choice more often than not.
I haven't got anything against cats. I haven't got anything against elk either, but that doesn't mean I'm going to keep one in the store so I'll have a place to hang my hat.
I've always essentially been a New Yorker.
My mother's father was from Sligo, and he used to say it was the hardest thing in the world to find a man alive in Dublin who wasn't in the GPO during the Easter Rising. Twenty brave men marched into that post office, he said, and thirty thousand marched out.
If fate sends you a lemon, use it to make lemonade.
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