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A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.   Life
A really good detective never gets married.   Life
Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what yo...   Life
Alcohol is like love. The first kiss is magic, the second is intimate,...   Life
At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the so...   Life
Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find ou...   Life
Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes jus...   Life
From 30 feet away she looked like a lot of class. From 10 feet away sh...   Life
He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel fo...   Life
He looked as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.   Life
I guess God made Boston on a wet Sunday.   Life
I knew one thing: as soon as anyone said you didn't need a gun, you'd ...   Life
I think a man ought to get drunk at least twice a year just on princip...   Life
I've found that there are only two kinds that are any good: slang that...   Life
If my books had been any worse, I should not have been invited to Holl...   Life
It is not a fragrant world.   Society
It is pretty obvious that the debasement of the human mind caused by a...   Life
It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained gl...   Life
She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket.   Life
She jerked away from me like a startled fawn might, if I had a startle...   Life
Some are able and humane men and some are low-grade individuals with t...   Life
Television is just one more facet of that considerable segment of our ...   Life
The agent never receipts his bill, puts his hat on and bows himself ou...   Life
The creative artist seems to be almost the only kind of man that you c...   Life
The flood of print has turned reading into a process of gulping rather...   Life
The keynote of American civilization is a sort of warm-hearted vulgari...   Life
The law isn't justice. It's a very imperfect mechanism. If you press e...   Life
The minute you try to talk business with him he takes the attitude tha...   Life
The motion picture made in Hollywood, if it is to create art at all, m...   Life
The reading public is intellectually adolescent at best, and it is obv...   Life
The streets were dark with something more than night.   Life
When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand...   Life
Woe, woe, woe... in a little while we shall all be dead. Therefore let...   Life