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.
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 with any sense assumes that a woman's words mean to her exactly what they mean to him.
Everything in a story should be credible.
Only fools and philosophers waste time on the unknowable.
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.
God made you and me, in certain respects, quite unequal, and it would be futile to try any interference with His arrangements.
There's nothing as safe as ignorance or as dangerous.
The trouble with an alarm clock is that what seems sensible when you set it seems absurd when it goes off
The only two kinds of books could earn an American writer a living are cookbooks and detective novels.
There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.
It is always wiser, where there is a choice, to trust inertia. It is the greatest force in the world.
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)
A guest is a jewel on the cushion of hospitality
Genius is fine for the ignition spark, but to get there someone has to see that the radiator doesn't leak and no tire is flat.
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.
I love to make a mistake. It is my only assurance that I cannot reasonably be expected to assume the responsibility of omniscience.
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