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    Anticipation! It occurred to him that his anticipation was more pleasant to him than the experiencing.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    I know you have it in you, Guy," Anne said suddenly at the end of a silence, "the capacity to be terribly happy.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: silence 
     
    The night was a time for bestial affinities, for drawing closer to oneself.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: time  oneself  night 
     
    Honestly, I don't understand why people get so worked up about a little murder!
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: people 
     
    The kiss became the narrowed center of the still point of the turning world, so that even the park was turning in comparison to the still peace at their lips.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: peace  world  kiss 
     
    I think people often try to find through sex things that are much easier to find in other ways.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: people  sex 
     
    It always gets late with you. - Is that a compliment?
    — Patricia Highsmith
    What was it to love someone, what was love exactly, and why did it end or not end? Those were the real questions, and who could answer them?
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: questions  real 
     
    I have Graham Greene's telephone number, but I wouldn't dream of using it. I don't seek out writers because we all want to be alone.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: alone  dreams 
     
    How was it possible to be afraid and in love... The two things did not go together. How was it possible to be afraid, when the two of them grew stronger together every day? And every night. Every night was different, and every morning. Together they possessed a miracle.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: night  miracle  afraid 
     
    This is what I like, sitting at a table and watching people go by. It does something to your outlook on life. The Anglo-Saxons make a great mistake not staring at people from a sidewalk table.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: people  mistakes 
     
    Every man is his own law court and punishes himself enough.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: men  law 
     
    In view of the fact that I surround myself with numbskulls now, I shall die among numbskulls, and on my deathbed shall be surrounded by numbskulls who will not understand what I am saying ... Whom am I sleeping with these days ? Franz Kafka.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: saying  facts  die 
     
    One situation " maybe one alone " could drive me to murder: family life, togetherness.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: alone 
     
    For neither life nor nature cares if justice is ever done or not.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: justice  nature  care 
     
    And no book, and possibly no painting, when it is finished, is ever exactly like the first dream of it.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: book  dreams  painting 
     
    Each book is, in a sense, an argument with myself, and I would write it, whether it is ever published or not.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: book  write 
     
    Everything human is alien to me.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: human 
     
    Life is a long failure of understanding ... a long, mistaken shutting of the heart.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    My New Year's Eve Toast: to all the devils, lusts, passions, greeds, envies, loves, hates, strange desires, enemies ghostly and real, the army of memories, with which I do battle - may they never give me peace. (New Year's Eve, 1947)
    — Patricia Highsmith
    The first person you should think of pleasing, in writing a book, is yourself. If you can amuse yourself for the length of time it takes to write a book, the publisher and the readers can and will come later.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: time  people  writing  book  write 
     
    My imagination functions much better when I don't have to speak to people.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    Robert Walker as Bruno was excellent. He had elegance and humor, and the proper fondness for his mother
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: humor  mother 
     
    I don`t set the alarm to get up. I get up when I feel like it.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    I find the public passion for justice quite boring and artificial.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: justice  passion 
     
    That wasn't a bad price for a first book. My agent upped it as much as possible. I was 27 and had nothing behind me. I was working like a fool to earn a living and pay for my apartment
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: living  bad  book  fools 
     
    If people have bought something of mine, they know by now that I will decline writing it for the movies
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: people  movie  writing 
     
    I have no television - I hate it.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: hate 
     
    He liked the fact that Venice had no cars. It made the city human. The streets were like veins, he thought, and the people were the blood, circulating everywhere.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: people  thoughts  human  facts  blood 
     
    Honesty, for me, is usually the worst policy imaginable.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: honesty 
     
    I didn't hang around films. I don't know if I'd ever seen Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: film 
     
    Dusk was falling quickly. It was just after 7 P.M., and the month was October.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    Then Carol slipped her arm under her neck, and all the length of their bodies touched fitting as if something had prearranged it. Happiness was like a green vine spreading through her, stretching fine tendrils, bearing flowers through her flesh. She had a vision of a pale white flower, shimmering as if seen in darkness, or through water. Why did people talk of heaven, she wondered
    — Patricia Highsmith
    I prefer to live in the country where it's quiet. Woody Allen movies there are dubbed into Italian.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: live  movie 
     
    The conversation seemed just as boring and forgettable as details of American history around 1805, for example.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: american  example 
     
    I don't want to know movie directors. I don't want to be close to them. I don't want to interfere with their work. I don't want them to interfere with mine.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: work  movie 
     
    The justice I have received, I shall give back.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: justice 
     
    one blow in anger [would] kill, probably, a child from aged two to eight. Those over eight would take two blows to kill.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: children  anger  child 
     
    I was in New York. Hitchcock was in California. He rang me to make a report on his progress and said, I'm having trouble. I've just sacked my second screenwriter
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: progress 
     
    When I am thickening my plots, I like to think 'What if ... What if ... ' Thus my imagination can move from the likely, which everyone can think of, to the unlikely-but-possible, my preferred plot.
    — Patricia Highsmith
    tags: imagination 
     
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