A moral coward, you see, is simply someone who has read the fine print on the back of his Birth Certificate and seen the little clause which says "You can't win."
Something Nasty in the Woodshed (1976), ch. 16.
I have this heavy addiction to life and I'm told that the withdrawal symptoms are shocking.Kyril Bonfiglioli
You will learn nothing of importance from this story except, perhaps, how to die; but then, you were born knowing that and in any case it only has to be done once. It is easy: ask anyone who has done it.Kyril Bonfiglioli
Somewhere in the trash he reads Martland has read that heavy men walk with surprising lightness and grace; as a result he trips about like a portly elf hoping to be picked up by a leprechaun.Kyril Bonfiglioli
Why do people build houses to keep the climate out, then cut holes in the walls to let it in again? I shall never understand.Kyril Bonfiglioli
He had made one mistake in an otherwise flawless performance: he hadn't told me his name. Have you ever exchanged three words with an American without being told his name?Kyril Bonfiglioli
Ten minutes later I was in an enormous taxi-cab, an air-conditioned one, hired for the day for fifty dollars; it seems an awful lot, I know, but money's worth awfully little over there, you'd be surprised. It's because there's so much of it, you see.Kyril Bonfiglioli
It was still only nine o'clock when I set off on the last leg of my journey, feeling old and dirty and incapable. You probably know the feeling if you are over eighteen.Kyril Bonfiglioli
"Goodness," I babbled, "but how awful for you. Not drinking, I mean. I mean, imagine getting up in the morning knowing that you're not going to feel any better all day".Kyril Bonfiglioli
To be on foot in the United States is only immoral, not illegal.Kyril Bonfiglioli
Sleep slunk up like a black panther and sank its kindly fangs into what remained of the Mortdecai brain.Kyril Bonfiglioli
Fate's fickle finger was feeling for my fundament.Kyril Bonfiglioli
It will be a sad day for the world when the Oriental gent realizes that Western bumbling is only Eastern guile in a different idiom. Well, a lot of it, anyway.Kyril Bonfiglioli