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.
Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.
I have a strong moral sense - by my standards.
Measure your minds height by the shadow it casts.
[A] pessimist gets nothing but pleasant surprises, an optimist nothing but unpleasant.
Chili is one of the great peasant foods. It is one of the few contributions America has made to world cuisine. Eaten with corn bread, sweet onion, sour cream, it contains all five of the elements deemed essential by the sages of the Orient: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, and bitter.
The trouble with an alarm clock is that what seems sensible when you set it seems absurd when it goes off
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.
Every Sherlock Holmes story has at least one marvelous scene.
No man was ever taken to hell by a woman unless he already had a ticket in his pocket.
No man with any sense assumes that a woman's words mean to her exactly what they mean to him.
It is always wiser, where there is a choice, to trust inertia. It is the greatest force in the world.
Only fools and philosophers waste time on the unknowable.
Everything in a story should be credible.
There's nothing as safe as ignorance or as dangerous.
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
A hole in the ice is dangerous only to those who go skating.
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.
There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.
God made you and me, in certain respects, quite unequal, and it would be futile to try any interference with His arrangements.
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.
Labels are for the things men make, not for men. The most primitive man is too complex to be labeled.
I try to know what I need to know. I make sure to know what I want to know. (Nero Wolfe)
Follow AzQuotes on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Every day we present the best quotes! Improve yourself, find your inspiration, share with friends