The world doesn't come to the clever folks, it comes to the stubborn, obstinate, one-idea-at-a-time people.
Peace is not a passive but an active condition, not a negation but an affirmation.
People that trust themselves a dozen miles from the city, in strange houses, with servants they don't know, needn't be surprised if they wake up some morning and find their throats cut.
Death was a beginning and not an end; it was the morning of the spirit. Tired bodies lay down to sleep and their souls wakened to the morning, rested; the first fruits of them that slept.
Girls inevitably grew into women, but something of the boy persisted in every man.
Men... look back on the children who were once themselves, and attempt to reconstruct them. But they can no longer think like the child...
I had a vision ... of being found on the pavement by some passerby, with a small punctuation mark ending my sentence of life.
it is axiomatic with most writing people that there are no such things as perfect conditions for work.
my crime books are actually novels and are written as such. One might even say that each one is really two novels, one of which is the story I tell the reader, and the other the buried story I know and let slip now and then into a clue to whet the reader's interest.
I suppose it is because woman's courage is mental and man's physical, that in times of great strain women always make the better showing.
There is a point at which curiosity becomes unbearable, when it becomes an obsession, like hunger.
It is only in his head that man is heroic; in the pit of his stomach he is always a coward.
Conflict is the very essence of life.
From class consciousness to class hatred was but a step.
Curious, how one remembered Christmas. Perhaps because other days might appeal to the head, but this one appealed to the heart.
the calm of a place like Bellwood is the peace of death without the hope of resurrection.
there is no truly honest autobiography.
Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.
I have never learned to say 'gas' for gasoline. It seems to me as absurd as if I were to say 'but' for butter.
War is a thing of fearful and curious anomalies ... It has shown that government by men only is not an appeal to reason, but an appeal to arms; that on women, without a voice to protest, must fall the burden. It is easier to die than to send a son to death.
Patience and endurance were not virtues in a woman; they were necessities, forced on her. Perhaps some day things would change and women would renounce them. They would rise up and say: 'We are not patient. We will endure no more.' Then what would happen to the world?
... if one can remember without loving, then couldn't one love without remembering?
Men play harder than they work; women work harder than they play.
The author lives with one foot in an everyday world and the other feeling about anxiously for a foothold in another more precarious one.
[When working on a book] I have an almost complete detachment from the world I live in, a sort of armor against distraction. I talk to people, move about, appear on the surface much as usual. But later on I have only a confused memory of what has happened during that period.
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