One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.
I specialize in murders of quiet, domestic interest.
Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.
I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
But surely for everything you have to love you have to pay some price.
There is nothing more thrilling in this world, I think, than having a child that is yours, and yet is mysteriously a stranger.
The popular idea that a child forgets easily is not an accurate one. Many people go right through life in the grip of an idea which has been impressed on them in very tender years.
These little grey cells. It is up to them.
The happy people are failures because they are on such good terms with themselves they don't give a damn.
One doesn't recognize the really important moments in one's life until it's too late.
It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.
The best time to plan a book is while you're doing the dishes.
There's too much tendency to attribute to God the evils that man does of his own free will.
Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.
Very few of us are what we seem.
I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
Most successes are unhappy. That's why they are successes - they have to reassure themselves about themselves by achieving something that the world will notice.
Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it.
I married an archaeologist because the older I grow, the more he appreciates me.
Any woman can fool a man if she wants to and if he's in love with her.