Lisa Scottoline

I'm a sociopath. I look normal, but I'm not. I'm smarter, better, and freer, because I'm not bound by rules, law, emotion or regard for you.

I’ve read that one out of twenty-four people is a sociopath, and if you ask me, the other twenty-three of you should be worried.

I can't stand just sitting here not doing anything. You can't solve a problem by remote control.

I don't really like you, but I'm so good at acting as if I do that it's basically the same thing.

How do you tell the psychiatrists from the patients in the hospital?
The patients get better and leave.

Nah. I'm a tough cookie. Except for the cancer, I'm fine.

They don't realize evil lives on their streets.

I fool you. I fool everyone.

You need somebody to stand up for you. You're the little guy, you just don't realize it yet. The Commonwealth has all the aces, and you don't even know you're playing cards.

Your typical suburban mom worries all the time, but she worries about the wrong things.

You should be more paranoid.


Edith Sitwell

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.

I am not eccentric. It's just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of catfish.

My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.

I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty...But I am too busy thinking about myself.

I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.

Eccentricity is not, as some would believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.

Poetry is the deification of reality.


Gail Carriger

I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.

How ghastly for her, people actually thinking, with their brains, and right next door. Oh, the travesty of it all.

A vampire, like a lady, never reveals his true age.

I never gossip. I observe. And then relay my observations to practically everyone.

Cats were not, in her experience, an animal with much soul. Prosaic, practical little creatures as a general rule. It would suit her very well to be thought catlike.

You are about as covert as a sledgehammer.

It's no good choosing your first husband from a school for evil geniuses. Much too difficult to kill.

I have died and gone to the land of bad novels.


Mike Norton

Never hold resentments for the person who tells you what you need to hear; count them among your truest, most caring, and valuable friends.

Solitude is the soil in which genius is planted, creativity grows, and legends bloom; faith in oneself is the rain that cultivates a hero to endure the storm, and bare the genesis of a new world, a new forest.

Fall. Stand. Learn. Adapt.

It is not what you can do for your country, but what you can do for all of mankind.

One of the greatest evils is the foolishness of a good man. For the giving man to withhold helping someone in order to first assure personal fortification is not selfish, but to elude needless self-destruction; martyrdom is only practical when the thought is to die, else a good man faces the consequence of digging a hole from which he cannot escape, and truly helps no one in the long run.

Dreams are what guide us, art is what defines us, math is what makes it all possible, and love is what lights our way.

Beethoven said that it's better to hit the wrong note confidently, than hit the right note unconfidently. Never be afraid to be wrong or to embarrass yourself; we are all students in this life, and there is always something more to learn.


Robert Fanney

May your feet ever walk in the light of two suns... and may the moonshadow never fall on you. . . 

In my experience, nothing worthwhile has ever really been all that easy. But it certainly has been worthwhile regardless how difficult it seemed

A genius is someone who takes a complex thing and makes it look simple. An academic does the opposite.

You or I might think that at least one would show courage and put up a fight. But neither you nor I have suffered as they, and even we have born witness in silence to lesser ills under less dire threat. Yet, in the face of evil, to sit silent is an even greater evil. Complacency is ever the enabler of darkest deeds.

Dominance. Control. These things the unjust seek most of all. And so it is the duty of the just to defy dominance and to challenge control.

To be me is to be different. . . 

To all those women -- strong enough to be heroes; fair enough to be ladies. This song is for you

Under tyranny it is right to be a rebel!

Someone smashed a flutterfler and without even thinking she touched her Stone and used Wyrd to piece its broken body back together. She filled its empty vessels with dreams and it became the stuff it used for blood. It brushed her cheek with its wings, then flew off -- dancing in the hot air.


Anthony Horowitz

The worst time to feel alone is when you're in a crowd.

You're never too young to die.

What is this place? Hogwarts?

There's a name for people with an interest in the moon," Alex said. "They're called lunatics.

Let me ask you a question Alex. What do you think is the greatest evil on this plant today?"
"Is that including, or not including you?

If this is what you do to the winner, I'd hate to see how you treat the runner up.

No offense, but I'd rather kiss the horse.

Believe me, It would be better if we didn't meet again. Go back to school. Go back to your life. And next time they ask you, say no. Killing is for grown-ups and you're still a child.

When the doorbell rings at three in the morning, it's never good news.

A German philosopher once wrote that he who fights monsters must take care that he doesn't become one himself.

He had followed the trail left by a dead man. It was only now that he realized it might lead only to a grave.


Daniel Handler

Stop saying no offense,” I said, “when you say offensive things. It’s not a free pass.

I was stupid, the official descriptive phrase for happy.

The thing with your heart's desire is that your heart doesn't even know what it desires until it turns up.

Either you have the feeling or you don't. 

I started making plans, thinking we would get that far.

A library is like an island in the middle of a vast sea of ignorance, particularly if the library is very tall and the surrounding area has been flooded.

I’m not a romantic, I’m a half-wit. Only stupid people would think I’m smart. I’m not something anyone should know. I’m a lunatic wandering around for scraps, I’m like every single miserable moron I’ve scorned and pretended I didn’t recognize. I’m all of them, every last ugly thing in a bad last-minute costume. I’m not different, not at all, not different from any other speck of a thing. I’m a blemished blemish, a ruined ruin, a stained wreck so failed I can’t see what I used to be.


Gaston Leroux

If I am the phantom, it is because man's hatred has made me so. If I am to be saved it is because your love redeems me.

Erik is not truly dead. He lives on within the souls of those who choose to listen to the music of the night.

All I wanted was to be loved for myself.

I tore off my mask so as not to lose one of her tears... and she did not run away!...and she did not die!... She remained alive, weeping over me, weeping with me. We cried together! I have tasted all the happiness the world can offer.

He had a heart that could have held the entire empire of the world; and, in the end, he had to content himself with a cellar.

Know that it is a corpse who loves you and adores you and will never, never leave you!...Look, I am not laughing now, crying, crying for you, Christine, who have torn off my mask and who therefore can never leave me again!...Oh, mad Christine, who wanted to see me!

Poor, unhappy Erik! Shall we pity him? Shall we curse him? He asked only to be 'some one,' like everybody else. But he was too ugly! And he had to hide his genius or use it to play tricks with, when, with an ordinary face, he would have been one of the most distinguished of mankind! He had a heart that could have held the entire empire of the world; and, in the end, he had to content himself with a cellar. Ah, yes, we must need pity the Opera ghost...


Dave Eggers

Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this.

We are unusual and tragic and alive.

I will not wait to love as best as I can. We thought we were young and that there would be time to love well sometime in the future. This is a terrible way to think. It is no way to live, to wait to love.

I like the dark part of the night, after midnight and before four-thirty, when it's hollow, when ceilings are harder and farther away. Then I can breathe, and can think while others are sleeping, in a way can stop time, can have it so – this has always been my dream – so that while everyone else is frozen, I can work busily about them, doing whatever it is that needs to be done, like the elves who make the shoes while children sleep.

But everyone disappears, no matter who loves them.

Still though, I think if you're not self-obsessed, you're probably boring.

Humans are divided between those who can still look through the eyes of youth and those who cannot.

The only infallible truth of our lives is that everything we love in life will be taken from us.


Masashi Kishimoto

She's strong! And scary...I bet she's single...I'd put money on it. . .

If you don't like the hand that fate's dealt you, fight for a new one

When people are protecting something truly special to them, they truly can become. . . as strong as they can be.

A smile is the best way to get away with trouble even if it’s a fake one.When a man learns to love, he must bear the risk of hatred.

When a man learns to love, he must bear the risk of hatred.

The pain of being alone is completely out of this world, isn't it? I don't know why, but I understand your feelings so much, it actually hurts. 

There's no advantage to hurrying through life.

The weaker you are the louder you bark.

Give up trying to make me give up.

It’s foolish to fear what we’ve yet to see and know.

The difference between insanity and genius is measured only by success and failure.