Wilkie Collins, fully William Wilkie Collins

Wilkie
Collins, fully William Wilkie Collins
1824
1889

English Novelist, Playwright and Author of Short Stories

Author Quotes

The evening advanced. The shadows lengthened. The waters of the lake grew pitchy black. The gliding of the ghostly swans became rare and more rare.

The worst curse of human life is the detestable necessity of taking exercise.

When a woman wants me to do anything (my daughter, or not, it doesn't matter), I always insist on knowing why. The oftener you make them rummage their own minds for a reason, the more manageable you will find them in all the relations of life. It isn't their fault (poor wretches!) that they act first and think afterwards; it's the fault of the fools who humor them.

The fool's crime is the crime that is found out and the wise man's crime is the crime that is not found out.

There are few higher, better, or more profitable enjoyments in this world than reading a good novel.

When Gott made the womens, he was sorry afterwards for the poor mens--and he made tobaccos to comfort them.

The future of English fiction may rest with this Unknown Public -- a reading public of three millions which lies right out of the pale of true literary civilization -- which is now waiting to be taught the difference between a good book and a bad.

There are foolish criminals who are discovered, and wise criminals who escape. The hiding of a crime, or the detection of a crime, what is it? A trial of skill between the police on one side, and the individual on the other. When the criminal is a brutal, ignorant fool, the police, in nine cases out of ten, win. When the criminal is a resolute, educated, highly-intelligent man, the police, in nine cases out of ten, lose.

When there's a rash thing to be done by a man and a woman together, sir, philosophers have remarked that it's always the woman who leads the way.

The grand secret, in dealing with a woman, is to take her as you take a cat, by the scruff of the neck.

There are three things that none of the young men of the present generation can do. They can't sit over their wine; they can't play at wist; and they can't pay a lady a compliment.

When two members of a family or two intimate friends are separated, and one goes abroad and one remains at home, the return of the relative or friend who has been travelling always seems to place the relative or friend who has been staying at home at a painful disadvantage when the two first meet. The sudden encounter of the new thoughts and new habits eagerly gained in the one case, with the old thoughts and old habits passively preserved in the other, seems at first to part the sympathies of the most loving relatives and the fondest friends, and to set a sudden strangeness, unexpected by both and uncontrollable by both, between them on either side.

She looked so irresistibly beautiful as she said those brave words that no man alive could have steel his heart against her.

The grandest mountain prospect that the eye can range over is appointed to annihilation. The smallest human interest that the pure heart can feel is appointed to immortality.

There is nothing serious in mortality! Solomon in all his glory was Solomon with the elements of the contemptible lurking in every fold of his robes and in every corner of his palace.

When you say No to a Woman, Sir, always say it in one word. If you give her reasons, she invariably believes that you mean Yes.

Silence is safe.

The greatest of all virtues is - Patience.

This is a miserable world, says the Sergeant. Human life, Mr. Betteredge, is a sort of target—misfortune is always firing at it, and always hitting the mark.

Where is the woman who has ever really torn from her heart the image that has been once fixed in it by a true love? Books tell us that such unearthly creatures have existed - but what does our own experiences say in answer to books?

Sir John had his share–perhaps rather a large share–of the more harmless and amiable of the weaknesses incidental to humanity. Among these, I may mention as applicable to the matter in hand, an invincible reluctance–so long as he enjoyed his usual good health–to face the responsibility of making his will.

The hardest disease to cure that I know of is - worry.

This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve.

Women can resist a man's love, a man's fame, a man's personal appearance, and a man's money, but they cannot resist a man's tongue when he knows how to talk to them.

Some of us rush through life, and some of us saunter through life. Mrs. Vesey SAT through life.

Author Picture
First Name
Wilkie
Last Name
Collins, fully William Wilkie Collins
Birth Date
1824
Death Date
1889
Bio

English Novelist, Playwright and Author of Short Stories