Jealousy, he thought, was as physical as fear the same dryness of the mouth, the thudding heart, the restlessness which destroyed appetite and peace.
What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order.
God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into the nest.
There comes a time when every scientist, even God, has to write off an experiment.
In 1930s mysteries, all sorts of motives were credible which aren't credible today, especially motives of preventing guilty sexual secrets from coming out. Nowadays, people sell their guilty sexual secrets.
What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give.
I believe that political correctness can be a form of linguistic fascism, and it sends shivers down the spine of my generation who went to war against fascism.
Metaphysical speculation is about as pointless as a discussion on the meaning of one's lungs. They're for breathing.
It's possible to fight intolerance, stupidity and fanaticism when they come separately. When you get all three together it's probably wiser to get out, if only to preserve your sanity.
It was not . . . that she was unaware of the frayed and ragged edges of life. She would merely iron them out with a firm hand and neatly hem them down.
His sleep was a sensuous gluttony of oblivion.
Human kindness is like a defective tap, the first gush may be impressive but the stream soon dries up.
A man who lives with nature is used to violence and is companionable with death. There is more violence in an English hedgerow than in the meanest streets of a great city.
Life had taught hm that the unforgivable was usually the most easily forgiven.
We English are good at forgiving our enemies; it releases us from the obligation of liking our friends.
It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.
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