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"Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes just a little away from his need or desire to write at all. In the end he knows all the tricks and has nothing to say"

"He looked as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food."

"The law isn't justice. It's a very imperfect mechanism. If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may show up in the answer. A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be."

"Television is just one more facet of that considerable segment of our society that never had any standard but the soft buck."

"It is pretty obvious that the debasement of the human mind caused by a constant flow of fraudulent advertising is no trivial thing. There is more than one way to conquer a country."

"Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency."

"I think a man ought to get drunk at least twice a year just on principle, so he won't let himself get snotty about it."

"She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket."

"It is not a fragrant world."
Society

"When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand."

"The flood of print has turned reading into a process of gulping rather than savoring."

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."

"From 30 feet away she looked like a lot of class. From 10 feet away she looked like something made up to be seen from 30 feet away."

"Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes just a little away from his need or desire to write at all. In the end he knows all the tricks and has nothing to say."

"She jerked away from me like a startled fawn might, if I had a startled fawn and it jerked away from me."

"I knew one thing: as soon as anyone said you didn't need a gun, you'd better take one along that worked."

"I guess God made Boston on a wet Sunday."

"The agent never receipts his bill, puts his hat on and bows himself out. He stays around forever, not only for as long as you can write anything that anyone will buy, but as long as anyone will buy any portion of any right to anything that you ever did write. He just takes ten per cent of your life."

"Alcohol is like love. The first kiss is magic, the second is intimate, the third is routine. After that you take the girl's clothes off."

"The keynote of American civilization is a sort of warm-hearted vulgarity. The Americans have none of the irony of the English, none of their cool poise, none of their manner. But they do have friendliness. Where an Englishman would give you his card, an American would very likely give you his shirt."

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