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Quotes of the day: Ian Fleming

Published Wednesday, May 28, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EDT
May 28 2014

Ian Lancaster Fleming (May 28, 1908 – August 12, 1964) was an English author, journalist and naval intelligence officer, best known for his James Bond series of spy novels. Fleming came from a wealthy family connected to the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co., and his father was the Member of Parliament for Henley from 1910 until his death on the Western Front in 1917. Educated at Eton, Sandhurst and the universities of Munich and Geneva, Fleming moved through a number of jobs before he started writing. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.

A woman can put up with almost anything; anything but indifference.

All the greatest men are maniacs. They are possessed by a mania which drives them forward towards their goal. The great scientists, the philosophers, the religious leaders- all maniacs. What else but a blind singlenee of purpose could have given focus to thier genius, would have kept them in the groove of purpose. Mania... is as priceless as genius.

Although they may have feet of clay... and all human beings have, there's no point in dwelling entirely on the feet. There are many other parts of the animal to be examined.

Champagne and Benzedrine! Never again.

Englishmen are so odd. They are like a nest of Chinese boxes. It takes a very long time to get to the center of them. When one gets there the result is unrewarding, but the process is instructive and entertaining.

Everyone has the revolver of resignation in his pocket.

History is moving pretty quickly these days and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts.

I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.

I've found that one must try and teach people that there's no top limit to disaster-that, so long as breath remains in your body, you've got accept the miseries of life. They will often seem infinite, insupportable. They are part of the human condition.

It was the short men that caused all the trouble in the world.

It’s just that I’d rather die of drink than of thirst.

Loneliness becomes a lover, solitude a darling sin.

Love of life is born of the awareness of death, of the dread of it.

Men want a woman whom they can turn on and off like a light switch.

Most marriages don't add two people together. They subtract one from the other.

Never say 'no' to adventures.

Older women are best, because they always think they may be doing it for the last time.

Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times, it's enemy action.

Prohibition is the trigger of crime.

The Devil had no prophets to write his Ten Commandments and no team of authors to write his biography.

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.

The gain to the winner is always less than the loss to the loser.

Those who deserve to die, die the death they deserve.

You only live twice. Once when you are born and once when you look death in the face.

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