Quotes from Dexter By Design

Jeff Lindsay ·  304 pages

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“I don't know if you have noticed this, but it is quite possible for two human beings to have a conversation in which one or both parties involved has absolutely no idea what they're talking about.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“Detective, I don't know where the boyfriend is, really," I said. And it was true, considering tide, current, and the habits of marine scavengers. -Dexter”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“And as we should all know by now, anytime you predict failure you have an excellent chance of being right.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“Dying makes everyone weaker, subject to painful insight, and not always insight into any kind of special truth - it's just the approaching end that makes people want to believe they are seeing something in the line of a great revelation.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“First things first has always been my motto, mostly because it makes absolutely no sense - after all, if first things were second or third, they wouldn't be first things, would they? Still, cliches exist to comfort the feeble minded, not to provide any actual meaning.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design



“And as always seems to happen when I have reached the point where I am ready to take decisive action, everything began to happen at once.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“There are few things in the world that make me feel more clueless than a woman's tears. I know that I am supposed to do something comforting and then go slay whatever dragon caused the crying fit, but it has been my experience, in my limited dealings with women, that the tears never come when they should, and they are never about what you might think, and consequently you are reduced to truly stupid options like patting her head and saying, 'There there,' in the hopes that at some point she will let you in on what the display is actually about.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“Dexter the Magnificent, who doth bestride the world like a Colossus, many lovely corpses at his feet, brought to you in live color just in time for the evening news. Oh, Mama, who is that large and handsome man with the bloody saw? Why, that's Dexter Morgan, dear, the horrible man they arrested a little while ago. But Mama, why is he smiling? He likes his work, dear. Let that be a lesson to you--always find a worthy job that keeps you happy.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“If somebody had shouted at me, "Look out behind you! He's got a gun!" I would have replied with no more than a weary mumble, "Tell him to take a number and wait.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“Miami drivers have long ago take the simple chore of going from one place to another and turned it into a kind of high-speed, heavily armed game of high-stakes bumper cars.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design



“Have you ever noticed that every now and then you'll overhear an amazingly clear declarative sentence when you're out in public, spoken with such force and purpose that you absolutely yearn to know what it means, because it is just so forceful and crystalline? And you want to follow along behind whoever just spoke, even though you don;t know them, just to find out what that sentence means and how it would affect the lives of the people involved?”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“So you're not going to die, are you?" she [Astor] asked politely.

"Not yet," I said. "Not until after you do your homework."

She nodded, glanced toward the kitchen, and said, "I hate math." Then she wandered away down the hall, presumably to hate math at closer range.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“Of course, for some bizarre reason, we don't have a National Registry of Who Your Friends Are. One would assume that this administration would have thought of that, and rammed it through Congress. It would certainly make my work easier now.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“We were watching a sitcom, I don't remember which. There were many of them at the time that all could be lumped together under the title of Funny Minority and the White Guy.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“But the rules are made by people who couldn’t win without ’em.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design



“...I had somehow jointed a completely unexpected and unknown company, presumably of people Rita had carelessly left lying around where they had been easily lost, and she had given me no clue how I had managed to get a seat with that group or even who they were.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“I have always embraced this concept, and it paid off now, as Meza proved to be wonderfully creative in both Spanish and English. He ran through an impressive list of standards, and then his artistic side took full flower and he called me things that had never before existed, except possibly in a parallel universe designed by Hieronymus Bosch. The performance took on an added air of supernatural improbability because Meza’s voice was so weak and husky, but he never allowed that to slow him. I was frankly awed, and Deborah seemed to be, too, because we both simply stood and listened until Meza finally wore down and tapered off with, “Cocksucker.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“He smiled at me, the irritating, superior kind of smile that I would love to try sometime when I wasn’t in disguise. “You didn’t read your history, did you?” he said. “I don’t think this chapter was assigned. What are you talking about?”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“Arabelle,” Debs was saying. “Arabelle, please listen to me.” Arabelle was not listening, and I didn’t think my sister’s vocal tone of combined anger and authority was well calculated to win over anyone—especially not someone who looked like she had been sent over from a casting office to play the part of a cleaning woman with no green card.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“I have really good eyesight,” I said, wondering if everyone who came in to see me today was going to be profoundly annoying.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design



“Because she had formed an image of me as a ravening monster?”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“It was Rogelio, Chutsky’s friend from the front desk, who was going to tell us when Weiss checked in. But it certainly didn’t look like he was going to tell us much of anything, unless we listened to him with a Ouija board. Because if appearances were any guide at all, judging by the belt so tightly wrapped around his neck and the way his tongue and eyes bulged out, Rogelio was extremely dead.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“It was a little insulting to admit that a drooling dolt like Coulter might be right about something, but after all, Isaac Newton didn’t reject gravity just because the apple had a low IQ.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“It was really quite flattering to think that minor damage to my skull could cause such a display of hydrotechnics, but at the same time it left me slightly uneasy about what my response ought to be.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“Aside from the fruit basket, the room was as empty as the inside of Dexter on the shelf marked SOUL.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design



“But if it’s not against the state?” I said. “What if it’s only against the people who promote the state?” I looked pointedly at the short woman. “Me?” the short woman said. “Somebody did this to get to me?” I was touched by her modesty and gave her one of my warmest fake smiles. “You, or your agency,” I said. She frowned, as if the idea of someone attacking her agency instead of herself was ridiculous. “Well…” she said dubiously.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“I looked at the two of them and felt something close to religious wonder. They knew about the Shadow Guy—their name for the Dark Passenger. They had it inside them as certainly as I did, and were familiar enough with its existence to have named it. There could be no doubt about it—they were already in the same dark world I lived in. It was a profound moment of connection, and I knew now that I was doing the right thing—these were my children and the Passenger’s and the thought that we were together in this stronger-than-blood bond was almost overwhelming.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


“This is fun for you?” she said. I shook my head, irritated that she was deliberately missing the point. “No, it’s not, that’s what I’m trying to say. The killing part is supposed to be fun, and the bodies should reveal that. Instead, the killing wasn’t the point at all, it was just a means to an end. Instead of the end itself … Why are you looking at me like that?” “Is that what it’s like for you?” she said. I found myself somewhat taken aback, an unusual situation for Dashing Dexter, always ready with a quip. Deborah was still coming to terms with what I was, and what her father had done with me, and I could appreciate that it was difficult for her to deal with on a daily basis, especially at work—which for her, after all, involved finding people like me and sending them to Old Sparky.”
― Jeff Lindsay, quote from Dexter By Design


About the author

Jeff Lindsay
Born place: in The United States
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