QOTD category archive
Rex Stout, in the voice of Nero Wolfe:
Courtesy is one’s own affair, but decency is a debt to life.
Stout, Rex, Too Many Cooks (New York: Bantam, 2009), p. 61.->
John Nettles as Inspector Barnaby and Laura Howard as his daughter, Cully Barnaby:
Inspector Barnaby: The witch hunt is not concluded.
Cully Barnaby: Witch hunts never are. You burn one, you have to find another.
Phoebe Nicholls, in the voice of Laura Smythe-Webster:
Karl Marx was an excellent economist, but a lousy prophet. His analysis of the past was as accurate as his prediction of the future fantastickal.
I have long believed that his prophet’s vision of a “dictatorship of the proletariat” leading to a world of “from each according to his abilities to each according to his means” was a desperate, deluded fantasy–an intellectual short-circuit–born of his economist seeing no way to escape capitalist dystopia.