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.
when knowledge comes in at the door, fear and superstition fly out of the window.
Love sees clearly, and seeing, loves on. But infatuation is blind; when it gains sight, it dies.
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.
Men... look back on the children who were once themselves, and attempt to reconstruct them. But they can no longer think like the child...
Girls inevitably grew into women, but something of the boy persisted in every man.
there is something shameful about the death of a play. It does not die with pity, but contempt. A book may fail, but who is there to know it? It dies and is buried, and is decently interred on the bookseller's shelf; but the play dies to laughter, to scorn and disdain.
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 have a great deal of mind. It takes a long time to change it.
having considerable mind, changing it became almost as ponderous an operation as moving a barn, although not nearly so stable.
It was said of Miss Letitia that when money came into her possession it went out of circulation.
It's money that brings trouble. It always has and it always will.
I found that my name signed to a check was even more welcome than when signed to a letter ...
I have never learned to say 'gas' for gasoline. It seems to me as absurd as if I were to say 'but' for butter.
Herbert used to say that he was as tight as the paper on the wall.
To the bottle! In infancy, the milk bottle; in our prime, the wine bottle; in our dotage, the pill bottle.
[On the Irish:] Strange race ... Don't know what they want, but want it like the devil.
it's been my experience that the first few days of married life women are blind because they want to be and after that because they have to be.
Men love a joke - on the other fellow. But your really humorous woman loves a joke on herself.
Every crucial experience can be regarded either as a setback, or the start of a wonderful new adventure, it depends on your perspective!
The only way to make a husband over according to one's ideas ... would be to adopt him at an early age, say four.
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