No sensible man ever engages, unprepared, in a fencing match of words with a woman.
("The Woman in White")
More Quotes from Wilkie Collins:I have always held the old-fashioned opinion that the primary object of work of fiction should be to tell a story.
The best men are not consistent in good--why should the worst men be consistent in evil
It is the nature of truth to struggle to the light.
Is there any wilderness of sand in the deserts of Arabia, is there any prospect of desolation among the ruins of Palestine, which can rival the repelling effect on the eye, and the depressing influence on the mind, of an English country town in the first stage of its existence, and in the transition state of its prosperity?
It may not be amiss to add, for the benefit of incredulous readers, that all the 'improbable events' in the story are matters of fact, taken from the printed narrative.
There is nothing serious in mortality! Solomon in all his glory was Solomon with the elements of the contemptible lurking in every fold of his robes and in every corner of his palace.
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