I’ve been as bad an influence

24 October 2014

I’ve been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of.

Dashiell Hammett

Well, Wilmer

23 October 2014

Well, Wilmer, I’m sorry to lose you. I couldn’t be fonder of you if you were my own son. But, well, if you lose a son, its possible to get another. There’s only one Maltese Falcon.

Dashiell Hammett

I haven’t lived a good life

22 October 2014

“I haven’t lived a good life. I’ve been bad, worse than you could know.”

“You know, that’s good, because if you actually were as innocent as you pretend to be, we’d never get anywhere”

Dashiell Hammett

Listen, Dundy

21 October 2014

Listen, Dundy, it’s been a long time since I burst into tears because a policeman didn’t like me.

Dashiell Hammett

I hope they don’t hang you

20 October 2014

“I hope they don’t hang you, precious, by that sweet neck.”

“You’re not . . .”

“Yes, angel, I’m gonna send you over. The chances are you’ll get off with life. That means if you’re a good girl, you’ll be out in 20 years. I’ll be waiting for you. If they hang you, I’ll always remember you.”

Dashiell Hammett

The reason

19 October 2014

The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.

Thomas Wolfe

The true romantic feeling

18 October 2014

Is this not the true romantic feeling; not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you.

Thomas Wolfe

I have always loved to use fear

17 October 2014

I have always loved to use fear, to take it and comprehend it and make it work and consolidate a situation where I was afraid and take it whole and work from there.

Shirley Jackson

Good writing

16 October 2014

Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.

E.L. Doctorow

Never save anything

15 October 2014

Never save anything for your next book, because that possible creation may not be properly shaped to hold the thoughts you’re working with today. In fiction especially, anything that could happen, should happen.

Tam Mossman

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