Quotes by Martha Grimes, from Hotel Paradise, a novel

Silence is a way of saying: we do not have to entertain each other; we are okay as we are.

Martha Grimes, from Hotel Paradise, a novel

Other Great Authors


To be beneficent when we can is a duty; and besides this, there are many minds so sympathetically constituted that, without any other motive of vanity or self-interest, they find a pleasure in spreading joy around them, and can take delight in the satisfaction of others so far as it is their own work. But I maintain that in such a case an action of this kind, however proper, however amiable it may be, has nevertheless no true moral worth, but is on a level with other inclinations. ... For the maxim lacks the moral import, namely, that such actions be done from duty, not from inclination.

Immanuel Kant, FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF THE METAPHYSICS OF ETHICS

Where do I find the time for not reading so many books?

Karl Kraus

The thinker dies, but his thoughts are beyond the reach of destruction. Men are mortal but ideas are immortal.

Richard Adams

Underpromise overdeliver.

Tom Peters

Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.

Samuel Smiles

Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out - it's the grain of sand in your shoe.

Robert Service »

Crime is naught but misdirected energy.

Emma Goldman »