Wilkie Collins, fully William Wilkie Collins

Collins, fully William Wilkie Collins

English Novelist, Playwright and Author of Short Stories

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Suspect, in this case, the very last person on whom suspicion could possibly fall.

The law will argue anything, with anybody who will pay the law for the use of its brains and its time.

Time, animals, and buildings wear out with years, and submit to their hard lot. Time only meets with flat contradiction when he ventures to tell a woman that she is growing old.

You are not to take it, if you please, as the saying of an ignorant man, when I express my opinion that such a book as ROBINSON CRUSOE never was written, and never will be written again. I have tried that book for years—generally in combination with a pipe of tobacco—and I have found it my friend in need in all the necessities of this mortal life. When my spirits are bad—ROBINSON CRUSOE. When I want advice—ROBINSON CRUSOE. In past times when my wife plagued me; in present times when I have had a drop too much—ROBINSON CRUSOE. I have worn out six stout ROBINSON CRUSOES with hard work in my service. On my lady's last birthday she gave me a seventh. I took a drop too much on the strength of it; and ROBINSON CRUSOE put me right again. Price four shillings and sixpence, bound in blue, with a picture into the bargain.

Tears are scientifically described as a Secretion. I can understand that a secretion may be healthy or unhealthy, but I cannot see the interest of a secretion from a sentimental point of view.

The man who has worked in the full fervor of composition yesterday is the same man who sits in severe and merciless judgment to-day on what he has himself produced.

True remorse depends, to my mind, on a man's accurate knowledge of his own motives.

You are one of the most remarkable women England - you have never written a novel.

Tell him next, that crimes cause their own detection. There's another bit of copy-book morality for you, Fosco. Crimes cause their own detection. What infernal humbug!

The medical profession thrives on two incurable diseases in these modern days - a He-disease and a She-disease. She disease - nervous depression; He-disease - suppressed gout. Remedies, one guinea if you go to the doctor; two guineas if the doctor goes to you.

Vanity wants nothing but the motive power to develop into absolute wickedness.

You hear more than enough of married people living together miserably. Here is an example to the contrary. Let it be a warning to some of you, and an encouragement to others. In the meantime, I will go on with my story.

The actions of human beings are not invariably governed by the laws of pure reason.

The men who rise in the law are the men who decline to take No for an answer.

We had our breakfasts--whatever happens in a house, robbery or murder, it doesn't matter, you must have your breakfast.

Your tears come easy, when you're young, and beginning the world. Your tears come easy, when you're old, and leaving it. I burst out crying.

The best men are not consistent in good-- why should the worst men be consistent in evil.

The present time is the precious time. Live for the passing day: the passing day is all we can be sure of.

We neither know nor judge ourselves; others may judge, but cannot know us. God alone judges and knows us.

The doctor who is not honest enough to confess it when he is puzzled, is a well-known member of the medical profession in all countries.

The small pulse of the life within me and the great heart of th city around me seemed to be sinking in unison.

Well may your heart believe the truths I tell 'Tis virtue makes the bliss, where'er we dwell.

The doctors had no immediate fear of his death. He proved the doctors to be mistaken, and took the liberty of dying at a time when they all declared that there was every hope of his recovery.

The woman I fixed my eye on, was the woman who kept house for me at my cottage. Her name was Selina Goby. I agree with the late William Cobbett about picking a wife. See that she chews her food well and sets her foot down firmly on the ground when she walks, and you're all right. Selina Goby was all right in both these respects, which was one reason for marrying her.

What right has anyone to be rich?

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English Novelist, Playwright and Author of Short Stories