Being an author

30 October 2014

Being an author is being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.

Terri Guillemets

It is impossible to discourage the real writers

29 October 2014

It is impossible to discourage the real writers — they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write.

Sinclair Lewis

With many readers

28 October 2014

With many readers, brilliancy of style passes for affluence of thought; they mistake buttercups in the grass for immeasurable gold mines under ground.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I deserve

27 October 2014

I deserve all the love you can spare me. And I want a lot more than I deserve.

Dashiell Hammett

You got types?

26 October 2014

“You got types?”

“Only you, darling — lanky brunettes with wicked jaws.”

Dashiell Hammett

We didn’t exactly believe your story

25 October 2014

We didn’t exactly believe your story, Miss O’Shaughnessy, we believed your 200 dollars. I mean you paid us more than if you had been telling us the truth, and enough more to make it all right.

Dashiell Hammett

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

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