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, page 251
Bosh. I find a rival — but no, I won't flatter myself that Tecumseh Fox would consider himself a rival of Dol Bonner — I find an eminent detective in your apartment, and that alone is enough, without adding that he is concealed in your bedroom while I am discussing my business with you...Rex Stout
It is impossible for any Sherlock Holmes story not to have at least one marvelous scene.Rex Stout
There are damn few great writers and I'm not one of them. While I could afford to I played with words. When I could no longer afford that I wrote for money.Rex Stout
My God you love to get them, and good Lord you hate to answer them.Rex Stout
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
There isn't a generation gap between you and me — there's two.Rex Stout
To be broke is not a disgrace, it is only a catastrophe.Rex Stout
Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.Rex Stout
In a world that operates largely at random, coincidences are to be expected, but any one of them must always be mistrusted.Rex Stout
There's nothing as safe as ignorance – or as dangerous.Rex Stout
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