When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.
The private detective of fiction is a fantastic creation who acts and speaks like a real man. He can be completely realistic in every sense but one, that one sense being that in life as we know it such a man would not be a private detective.
Who is this Hemingway person at all? A guy that keeps saying the same thing over and over until you begin to believe it must be good. That must take a hell of a long time, the big man said.
I think a man ought to get drunk at least twice a year just on principle, so he won't let himself get snotty about it.
The creative artist seems to be almost the only kind of man that you could never meet on neutral ground. You can only meet him as an artist. He sees nothing objectively because his own ego is always in the foreground of every picture.
The moment a man begins to talk about technique that's proof that he is fresh out of ideas.
The moment a man sets his thoughts down on paper, however secretly, he is in a sense writing for publication.
A nice state of affairs when a man has to indulge his vices by proxy.
The old man nodded, as if his neck was afraid of the weight of his head.