I live now on borrowed time, waiting in the anteroom for the summons that will inevitably come. And then - I go on to the next thing, whatever it is. One doesn't, luckily, have to bother about that.
But surely for everything you love you have to pay some price
I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.
There is nothing so dangerous for anyone who has something to hide as conversation A human being, Hastings, cannot resist the opportunity to reveal himself and express his personality which conversation gives him. Every time he will give himself away.
But it is always interesting when one doesn't see,' she added. 'If you don't see what a thing means, you must be looking at it wrong way around.
'I think you're begging the question,' said Haydock, 'and I can see looming ahead one of those terrible exercises in probability where six men have white hats and six men have black hats and you have to work it out by mathematics how likely it is that the hats will get mixed up and in what proportion. If you start thinking about things like that, you would go round the bend. Let me assure you of that'
But surely for everything you have to love you have to pay some price.
If one sticks too rigidly to one's principles, one would hardly see anybody.
Most successes are unhappy. That's why they are successes - they have to reassure themselves about themselves by achieving something that the world will notice.
Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Oh dear, I never realized what a terrible lot of explaining one has to do in a murder
Everything that has existed, lingers in the Eternity.
The happy people are failures because they are on such good terms with themselves they don't give a damn.
These little grey cells. It is up to them.
Too much mercy... often resulted in further crimes which were fatal to innocent victims who need not have been victims if justice had been put first and mercy second.
Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend.
The human mind prefers to be spoon-fed with the thoughts of others, but deprived of such nourishment it will, reluctantly, begin to think for itself - and such thinking, remember, is original thinking and may have valuable results.
One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.
Evil is not something superhuman, it's something less than human.
Very few of us are what we seem.
I have always admired the Esquimaux (Eskimos). One fine day a delicious meal is cooked for dear old mother, and then she goes walking away over the ice, and doesn't come back.
The popular idea that a child forgets easily is not an accurate one. Many people go right through life in the grip of an idea which has been impressed on them in very tender years.
I didn't want to work. It was as simple as that. I distrusted work, disliked it. I thought it was a very bad thing that the human race had unfortunately invented for itself. from Endless Night.
There is nothing more thrilling in this world, I think, than having a child that is yours, and yet is mysteriously a stranger.
It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.
Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it.
Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.
There's too much tendency to attribute to God the evils that man does of his own free will.
We owe most of our great inventions and most of the achievements of genius to idleness-either enforced or voluntary.
Pablo Neruda - Napoleon Hill - Michael Cunningham - Karen Armstrong - Henry Lawson - George Axelrod - Charles Caleb Colton - Bernardo Bertolucci - Ayn Rand - Anthony Hope