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Rex Stout Quotes: "The only thing I want is something I can't have; and that is to know if, 100 years from now, people will still buy my books."

The only thing I want is something I can't have; and that is to know if, 100 years from now, people will still buy my books.




Rex Stout Quotes: "I have a strong moral sense - by my standards."

I have a strong moral sense - by my standards.




Rex Stout Quotes: "Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth."

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.



Rex Stout Quotes: "Measure your minds height by the shadow it casts."

Measure your minds height by the shadow it casts.




Rex Stout Quotes: "Sarcasm is not the rapier of wit its wielders seem to believe it to be, but merely a club: it may, by dint of brute force, occasionally raise bruises, but it never cuts or pierces."

Sarcasm is not the rapier of wit its wielders seem to believe it to be, but merely a club: it may, by dint of brute force, occasionally raise bruises, but it never cuts or pierces.



Rex Stout Quotes: "Every Sherlock Holmes story has at least one marvelous scene."

Every Sherlock Holmes story has at least one marvelous scene.



Rex Stout Quotes: "Being broke is not a disgrace, it is only a catastrophe."

Being broke is not a disgrace, it is only a catastrophe.




Rex Stout Quotes: "I don't approve of open fires. You can't think, or talk or even make love in front of a fireplace. All you can do is stare at it."

I don't approve of open fires. You can't think, or talk or even make love in front of a fireplace. All you can do is stare at it.



Rex Stout Quotes: "The more you put in your brain, the more it will hold - if you have one."

The more you put in your brain, the more it will hold - if you have one.



Rex Stout Quotes: "The only two kinds of books could earn an American writer a living are cookbooks and detective novels."

The only two kinds of books could earn an American writer a living are cookbooks and detective novels.



Rex Stout Quotes: "Everything in a story should be credible."

Everything in a story should be credible.



Rex Stout Quotes: "A guest is a jewel on the cushion of hospitality"

A guest is a jewel on the cushion of hospitality




Rex Stout Quotes: "A hole in the ice is dangerous only to those who go skating."

A hole in the ice is dangerous only to those who go skating.



Rex Stout Quotes: "Only fools and philosophers waste time on the unknowable."

Only fools and philosophers waste time on the unknowable.



Rex Stout Quotes: "To read of a detective's daring finesse or ingenious stratagem is a rare joy."

To read of a detective's daring finesse or ingenious stratagem is a rare joy.



Rex Stout Quotes: "I try to know what I need to know. I make sure to know what I want to know. (Nero Wolfe)"

I try to know what I need to know. I make sure to know what I want to know. (Nero Wolfe)



Rex Stout Quotes: "As a professional writer of detective stories, I string along with the ballplayers. I love a ball game."

As a professional writer of detective stories, I string along with the ballplayers. I love a ball game.



Rex Stout Quotes: "The Glass Key is better than anything Hemingway ever wrote"

The Glass Key is better than anything Hemingway ever wrote



Rex Stout Quotes: "The trouble with an alarm clock is that what seems sensible when you set it seems absurd when it goes off"

The trouble with an alarm clock is that what seems sensible when you set it seems absurd when it goes off



Rex Stout Quotes: "Of course the modern detective story puts off its best tricks till the last, but Doyle always put his best tricks first and that's why they're still the best ones."

Of course the modern detective story puts off its best tricks till the last, but Doyle always put his best tricks first and that's why they're still the best ones.



Rex Stout Quotes: "MY rule is never to be rude to anyone unless you mean it."

MY rule is never to be rude to anyone unless you mean it.



Rex Stout Quotes: "The fricassee with dumplings is made by a Mrs. Miller whose husband has left her four times on account of her disposition and returned four times on account of her cooking."

The fricassee with dumplings is made by a Mrs. Miller whose husband has left her four times on account of her disposition and returned four times on account of her cooking.



Rex Stout Quotes: "God made you and me, in certain respects, quite unequal, and it would be futile to try any interference with His arrangements."

God made you and me, in certain respects, quite unequal, and it would be futile to try any interference with His arrangements.



Rex Stout Quotes: "I love to make a mistake. It is my only assurance that I cannot reasonably be expected to assume the responsibility of omniscience."

I love to make a mistake. It is my only assurance that I cannot reasonably be expected to assume the responsibility of omniscience.



Rex Stout Quotes: "We are all vainer of our luck than of our merits."

We are all vainer of our luck than of our merits.



Rex Stout Quotes: "Hemingway never grew out of adolescence. His scope and depth stayed shallow because he had no idea what women are for."

Hemingway never grew out of adolescence. His scope and depth stayed shallow because he had no idea what women are for.



Rex Stout Quotes: "It is always wiser, where there is a choice, to trust inertia. It is the greatest force in the world."

It is always wiser, where there is a choice, to trust inertia. It is the greatest force in the world.



Rex Stout Quotes: "One of the hardest things to believe is that anyone will abandon the effort to escape a charge of murder. It is extremely important to suspend disbelief on that. If you don't, the story is spoiled."

One of the hardest things to believe is that anyone will abandon the effort to escape a charge of murder. It is extremely important to suspend disbelief on that. If you don't, the story is spoiled.



Rex Stout Quotes: "There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up."

There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.



Rex Stout Quotes: "Subtlety chases the obvious up a never-ending spiral and never quite catches it."

Subtlety chases the obvious up a never-ending spiral and never quite catches it.



Rex Stout Quotes: "The incredible thing happens at the beginning of the story always, you notice, not the end. A Sherlock Holmes story is never a trick story."

The incredible thing happens at the beginning of the story always, you notice, not the end. A Sherlock Holmes story is never a trick story.



Rex Stout Quotes: "What good is an obscenity trial except to popularize literature?"

What good is an obscenity trial except to popularize literature?



Rex Stout Quotes: "The requisitions of the income tax have added greatly to the attractions of mercenary crime."

The requisitions of the income tax have added greatly to the attractions of mercenary crime.



Rex Stout Quotes: "A character who is thought-out is not born, he or she is contrived. A born character is round, a thought-out character is flat."

A character who is thought-out is not born, he or she is contrived. A born character is round, a thought-out character is flat.



Rex Stout Quotes: "Genius is fine for the ignition spark, but to get there someone has to see that the radiator doesn't leak and no tire is flat."

Genius is fine for the ignition spark, but to get there someone has to see that the radiator doesn't leak and no tire is flat.



Rex Stout Quotes: "What the tongue has promised, the body must submit to."

What the tongue has promised, the body must submit to.



Rex Stout Quotes: "To say that a man is a reasoning animal is a very different thing than to say that most of man's decisions are based on his rational process. That I don't believe at all."

To say that a man is a reasoning animal is a very different thing than to say that most of man's decisions are based on his rational process. That I don't believe at all.



Rex Stout Quotes: "I have never regarded myself as this or that. I have been too busy being myself to bother about regarding myself."

I have never regarded myself as this or that. I have been too busy being myself to bother about regarding myself.



Rex Stout Quotes: "There are two kinds of characters in all fiction, the born and the synthetic. If the writer has to ask himself questions - is he tall, is he short? - he had better quit."

There are two kinds of characters in all fiction, the born and the synthetic. If the writer has to ask himself questions - is he tall, is he short? - he had better quit.



Rex Stout Quotes: "There's nothing as safe as ignorance or as dangerous."

There's nothing as safe as ignorance or as dangerous.



Rex Stout Quotes: "Sometimes it's things that take the joy out of life, like a blowout when you're hitting sixty or a button coming off of a shirt when you're in a hurry, but usually it's people."

Sometimes it's things that take the joy out of life, like a blowout when you're hitting sixty or a button coming off of a shirt when you're in a hurry, but usually it's people.



Rex Stout Quotes: "I like to walk around Manhattan, catching glimpses of its wild life, the pigeons and cats and girls."

I like to walk around Manhattan, catching glimpses of its wild life, the pigeons and cats and girls.



Rex Stout Quotes: "No man should tell a lie unless he is shrewd enough to recognize the time for renouncing it, if and when it comes, and knows how to renounce it gracefully."

No man should tell a lie unless he is shrewd enough to recognize the time for renouncing it, if and when it comes, and knows how to renounce it gracefully.



Rex Stout Quotes: "Opinions, from experts, cost money."

Opinions, from experts, cost money.



Rex Stout Quotes: "The constant petty behests of life permit few opportunities for major satisfactions, and when one is offered it should be seized."

The constant petty behests of life permit few opportunities for major satisfactions, and when one is offered it should be seized.



Rex Stout Quotes: "There is only one object on earth that frightens me: a physicist working on a new trick."

There is only one object on earth that frightens me: a physicist working on a new trick.



Rex Stout Quotes: "Everyone has something they don't want anyone to see; that is one of the functions of a home, to provide a spot to keep such things."

Everyone has something they don't want anyone to see; that is one of the functions of a home, to provide a spot to keep such things.



Rex Stout Quotes: "There are only two kinds of books which you can write and be pretty sure you're going to make a living — cook books and detective stories."

There are only two kinds of books which you can write and be pretty sure you're going to make a living — cook books and detective stories.



Rex Stout Quotes: "As between the intolerable and the merely distasteful, I must choose the latter."

As between the intolerable and the merely distasteful, I must choose the latter.