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  • The face she made at me was probably meant for a smile. Whatever it was, it beat me. I was afraid she'd do it again, so I surrendered

    Faces   Beats   Made  
    Dashiell Hammett (2001). “Crime stories and other writings”
  • Joel Cairo: You always have a very smooth explanation ready. Sam Spade: What do you want me to do, learn to stutter?

    Cairo   Want   Smooth  
  • To get what he wanted, a man had to give other people what they wanted.

    Dashiell Hammett (1965). “The novels of Dashiell Hammett”
  • The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter.

    Crooks   Noir   Sam Spade  
    Dashiell Hammett (2007). “Vintage Hammett”, p.151, Vintage
  • Listen, Dundy, it's been a long time since I burst into tears because a policeman didn't like me.

    Long   Tears   Policemen  
  • I couldn't be fonder of you if you were my own son. But, well, if you lose a son, its possible to get another. There's only one Maltese Falcon.

    Son   Wells   Falcon  
    "Fictional character: Kasper Gutman". "The Maltese Falcon", www.imdb.com. October 3, 1941.
  • When you write, you want fame, fortune and personal satisfaction. You want to write what you want to write and feel it's good, and you want this to go on for hundreds of years. You're not likely ever to get all these things, and you're not likely to give up writing and commit suicide if you don't, but that is -- and should be -- your goal. Anything else is kind of piddling.

  • I once knew a man who stole a Ferris Wheel.

  • I haven't laughed so much over anything since the hogs ate my kid brother.

    Brother   Kids   Hog  
    Dashiell Hammett (1965). “The novels of Dashiell Hammett”
  • The people who lie the most are nearly always the clumsiest at it, and they're easier to fool with lies than most people, too. You'd think they'd be on the look-out for lies, but they seem to be the very ones that will believe almost anything at all.

    Dashiell Hammett (1965). “Novels”, Alfred A. Knopf
  • Feed the lettuce to the bunny and eat the bunny.

  • I deserve all the love you can spare me. And I want a lot more than I deserve.

    Love You   Want   Spares  
    Dashiell Hammett (2002). “Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett, 1921-1960”, Counterpoint Press
  • I haven't any sort of plans for the future but I reckon things will work out in some manner.

    Dashiell Hammett (2002). “Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett, 1921-1960”, Counterpoint Press
  • What I try to do is write a story about a detective rather than a detective story. Keeping the reader fooled until the last, possible moment is a good trick and I usually try to play it, but I can't attach more than secondary importance to it. The puzzle isn't so interesting to me as the behavior of the detective attacking it.

  • I like women. I really like women.

  • ...What disturbed him was the discovery that in sensibly ordering his affairs he had got out of step, and not into step, with Life.

    Dashiell Hammett (2010). “The Maltese Falcon”, p.71, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Three times I have been mistaken for a prohibition agent, but never had any trouble clearing myself.

    Three   Agents   Trouble  
    Dashiell Hammett (2009). “Detective Stories”, p.11, Coyote Canyon Press
  • I found I was repeating myself. It is the beginning of the end when you discover you have style.

    Style   Ends   Found  
    Dashiell Hammett (2001). “Crime stories and other writings”
  • When a man's partner is killed he's supposed to do something about it. It doesn't make any difference what you thought of him. He was your partner and you're supposed to do something about it. Then it happens we were in the detective business. Well, when one of your organization gets killed it's bad business to let the killer get away with it. It's bad all around-bad for that one organization, bad for every detective everywhere. Sam Spade

    The Maltese Falcon ch. 20 (1930)
  • Strictly speaking, there are no real substitutes for sexual satisfaction

  • The truth is you don't like the theater except the times when you're in a room by yourself putting the play on paper.

    Play   Paper   Rooms  
  • It's awfully easy to be in love in jail

    Jail   Easy  
  • I first heard Personville called Poisonville by a red-haired mucker named Hickey Dewey in the Big Ship in Butte. He also called his shirt a shoit.

    Red   Ships   Firsts  
    Dashiell Hammett (1982). “Sammlung”, MacMillan
  • We didn't exactly believe your story.' Then --?' 'We believed your two hundred dollars.' 'You mean --' She seemed not to know what he meant. 'I mean that you paid us more than if you'd been telling the truth,' he explained blandly, 'and enough more to make it all right.

    Believe   Mean   Two  
    1930 The Maltese Falcon,'The Black Bird'
  • The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two.

    Two   Together   Twenties  
  • Most things in San Francisco can be bought or taken.

    Dashiell Hammett (2010). “The Maltese Falcon”, p.61, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Listen, darling, tomorrow I'll buy you a whole lot of detective stories, but don't worry your pretty little head over mysteries tonight.

    Worry   Stories   Tonight  
    Dashiell Hammett (1965). “The novels of Dashiell Hammett”
  • I've been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of.

    "Mystery writer" by Margaret Atwood, www.theguardian.com. February 15, 2002.
  • It's sometimes better to pretend I don't hear the sound of somebody in the nearby woods with a shotgun.

    Woods   Sound   Sometimes  
    Dashiell Hammett (2002). “Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett, 1921-1960”, Counterpoint Press
  • He felt like somebody had taken the lid off life and let him see the works.

    Taken   Falcon   Felt  
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