There are three things that none of the young men of the present generation can do.They can't sit over their wine;they can't play at wist;and they can't pay a lady a compliment.
("The Woman in White")
More Quotes from Wilkie Collins:Habits of literary composition are perfectly familiar to me. One of the rarest of all the intellectual accomplishments that a man can possess is the grand faculty of arranging his ideas. Immense privilege! I possess it. Do you?
No sensible man ever engages, unprepared, in a fencing match of words with a woman.
My hour for tea is half-past five, and my buttered toast waits for nobody.
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?
Not the shadow of a doubt crossed my mind of the purpose for which the Count had left the theatre. His escape from us, that evening, was beyond all question the preliminary only to his escape from London. The mark of the Brotherhood was on his arm-I felt as certain of it as if he had shown me the brand; and the betrayal of the Brotherhood was on his conscience-I had seen it in his recognition of Pesca.
I have always held the old-fashioned opinion that the primary object of work of fiction should be to tell a story.
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I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.
Henry David Thoreau
The pleasures of the mighty are obtained by the tears of the poor.
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