• When a man's partner is killed he's supposed to do something about it. It doesn't make any difference what you thought of him. He was your partner and you're supposed to do something about it. Then it happens we were in the detective business. Well, when one of your organization gets killed it's bad business to let the killer get away with it. It's bad all around-bad for that one organization, bad for every detective everywhere. Sam Spade

    Dashiell Hammett
  • I distrust a man that says when. If he's got to be careful not to drink to much it's because he's not to be trusted when he does

    Dashiell Hammett
  • Brigid O'Shaughnessy: “I haven't lived a good life. I've been bad, worse than you could know

    Dashiell Hammett
  • I guess I can put two and two together.""Sometimes the answer's four," I said, "and sometimes it's twenty-two

    Dashiell Hammett
  • To get what he wanted, a man had to give other people what they wanted

    Dashiell Hammett
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