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I never was that boy who loved gangster films, but when I was growing up, I was obsessed with the detective Dick Tracy. It was one of my favourite movies as a kid, and he really inspired me. I would have loved to be part of that golden age of Hollywood in the 1940s. It made me want to become an actor.
I love the Swedish people for their detective novels, their archipelago, their sense of humor, their carbonated vodka, and most especially, for their wonderful hospitality.
What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order.
P. D. James
If your neighbors think you're a detective because a cop always brings you home, you might be a redneck.
Every man at the bottom of his heart believes that he is a born detective.
Certainly going back to Sherlock Holmes we have a tradition of forensic science featured in detective stories.
I didn't know I was doing film noir, I thought they were detective stories with low lighting!
I read science, because to me, that's extremely exciting. It's like a great detective story, and it's happening right in front of us.
A really good detective never gets married.
If I'm home with no chore at hand, and a package of books has come, the television set and the chess board and the unanswered mail will have to manage without me if one of the books is a detective story.
I used to work as a private detective years and years ago.
If you think about it, the historian's task is like that of the detective.
David Herbert Donald
It means that no matter what you write, be it a biography, an autobiography, a detective novel, or a conversation on the street, it all becomes fiction as soon as you write it down.
Guillermo Cabrera Infante
What I love - and I'm a journalist - and what I love is finding hidden patterns; I love being a data detective.
I never read detective novels. I started out in graduate school writing a more serious book. Right around that time I read 'The Day of the Jackal' and 'The Exorcist'. I hadn't read a lot of commercial fiction, and I liked them.
I used to audition for 'NYPD Blue' quite a bit, so I had this stock New York detective character that I would bring in for all their auditions.
If there was one overarching theme to 'True Detective,' I would say it was that, as human beings, we are nothing but the stories we live and die by - so you'd better be careful what stories you tell yourself.
It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.
Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.
Arthur C. Clarke
There certainly does seem a possibility that the detective story will come to an end, simply because the public will have learnt all the tricks.
Dorothy L. Sayers
It's no secret - I love detective fiction. One of the reasons I love being in London is because I like to watch all the shows on TV. I watch them all.
Narrativity presumes a special taste for plot. And this taste for plot was always very present in the Anglo-Saxon countries and that explains their high quality of detective novels.
When I was young, I knew William Burroughs really well. And William's secret desire, which he never quite did, was to write a straightforward detective novel.
I started out in life as a poet; I was only writing poetry all through my 20s. It wasn't until I was about 30 that I got serious about writing prose. While I was writing poems, I would often divert myself by reading detective novels; I liked them.
As a kid, I always wanted to be lots of things. I was a Walter Mitty type. I wanted to be in the French Foreign Legion, a detective, a doctor, a test pilot with a scarf, a fisherman who hauled in a tremendous marlin after a 12-hour fight.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leonardo da Vinci
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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