“It's what's in yourself that makes you happy or unhappy.”
“People with a grudge against the world are always dangerous. They seem to think life owes them something. I've known many an invalid who has suffered worse and been cut off from life much more . . . and they've managed to lead happy contented lives. It's what's in yourself that makes you happy or unhappy.”
“One is alone when the last one who remembers is gone.”
“Use that fluff of yours you call a brain.”
“Of course, if you’ve made up your mind about it, you’ll find an answer to everything.”
“People in the dark are quite different, aren’t they?”
“In an English village, you turn over a stone and have no idea what will crawl out.
“Just look, Letty.” Miss Blacklock looked. Her eyebrows went up. She threw a quick scrutinizing glance round the table. Then she read the advertisement out loud. “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6:30 p.m. Friends please accept this, the only intimation.”
“once a weak person gets really frightened, they get quite savage with terror and they’ve no self-control at all.”
“I always feel that young doctors are only too anxious to experiment. After they've whipped out all our teeth, and administered quantities of very peculiar glands, and removed bits of our insides, they then confess that nothing can be done for us. I really prefer the old-fashioned remedy of big black bottles of medicine. After all, one can always pour those down the sink.”
“إن الجرائم الصغيرة تؤدي إلى الجرائم الكبيرة .. أليس كذلك ؟”
“Please don't be too prejudiced against the poor thing because she's a liar. I do really believe that, like so many liars, there is a real substratum of truth behind her lies. I mean that though, to take an instance, her atrocity stories have grown and grown until every kind of unpleasant story that has ever appeared in print has happened to her or her relations personally, she did have a bad shock initially and did see one, at least, of her relations killed. I think a lot of these displaced persons feel, perhaps justly, that their claim to our notice and sympathy lies in their atrocity value and so they exaggerate and invent.”
“It’s a fine murdering day, (sang Bunch) And as balmy as May And the sleuths from the village are gone.” A rattle of crockery being dumped in the sink drowned the next lines, but as the Rev. Julian Harmon left the house, he heard the final triumphant assertion: “And we’ll all go a’murdering today!”
“And then the lights came on and suddenly it was all as usual - I don't mean really as usual, but we were ourselves again, not just - people in the dark. People in the dark are quite different, aren't they?”
“Aren't people just like gramophone records?”
“She was quite a kindly woman. What she said at the last in the kitchen was quite true. ‘I didn’t want to kill anybody.’ What she wanted was a great deal of money that didn’t belong to her! And before that desire—(and it had become a kind of obsession—the money was to pay her back for all the suffering life had inflicted on her)—everything else went to the wall.”
“في الكثير من الاحيان ينقلب الإنسان الرقيق حيوانا مفترسا بفضل الظروف القاسية”
“Ye Gods and Little Fishes," said Sir Henry, "can it be? George, it's my own particular, one and only four starred Pussy. The super Pussy of all old Pussies...”
“But speaking of Tennyson, have you read Maud?” “Once, long ago.” “It’s got some points about it.” He quoted softly: “‘Faultily faultless, icily regular, splendidly null.”
“I do really believe that, like so many liars, there is a real substratum of truth behind her lies.”
“watching Madame Butterfly was a little like watching a slug race.”
“Ember, the bad comes in with the good. And I want all of it—I want your secrets, your worry, your pain. I love you—you’re not alone in this life.”
“Despite what they say, the clothes do not make the man. They merely determine the set of assumptions others make about the man.”
“I ought to be able to invent words capable of blowing the odor of corpses in a direction other than straight into mine and the reader's face.”
“few minutes elapsed. The new logs made popping sounds as they caught. She watched the flickering patterns”
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