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Jim Thompson Quote: “There are things that have to be forgotten if you want to go on living.”

There are things that have to be forgotten if you want to go on living.

— Jim Thompson



Jim Thompson Quote: “You’ve got forever; and somehow you can’t do much with it. You’ve got forever; and it’s a mile wide and an inch deep and full of alligators.”

You’ve got forever; and somehow you can’t do much with it. You’ve got forever; and it’s a mile wide and an inch deep and full of alligators.

— Jim Thompson


Jim Thompson Quote: “I kissed her, a long hard kiss. Because baby didn’t know it, but baby was dead, and in a way I couldn’t have loved her more.”

I kissed her, a long hard kiss. Because baby didn’t know it, but baby was dead, and in a way I couldn’t have loved her more.

— Jim Thompson


Jim Thompson Quote: “A weed is a plant out of place.”

A weed is a plant out of place.

— Jim Thompson


Jim Thompson Quote: “It doesn’t matter what answers you get if you ask the wrong questions.”

It doesn’t matter what answers you get if you ask the wrong questions.

— Jim Thompson


Jim Thompson Quote: “There is only one plot-things are not what they seem.”

There is only one plot-things are not what they seem.

— Jim Thompson


Jim Thompson Quote: “There are thirty-two ways to write a story, and I’ve used every one, but there is only one plot – things are not as they seem.”

There are thirty-two ways to write a story, and I’ve used every one, but there is only one plot – things are not as they seem.

— Jim Thompson


Jim Thompson Quote: “I ain’t saying you’re a liar, because that wouldn’t be polite. But I’ll tell you this, ma’am. If I loved liars, I’d hug you to death.”

I ain’t saying you’re a liar, because that wouldn’t be polite. But I’ll tell you this, ma’am. If I loved liars, I’d hug you to death.

— Jim Thompson


Jim Thompson Quote: “You go into the office and take a book or two from the shelves. You read a few lines, like your life depended on reading ’em right. But you know your life doesn’t depend on anything that makes sense, and you wonder where in the hell you got the idea it did; and you begin to get sore.”

You go into the office and take a book or two from the shelves. You read a few lines, like your life depended on reading ’em right. But you know your life doesn’t depend on anything that makes sense, and you wonder where in the hell you got the idea it did; and you begin to get sore.

— Jim Thompson


Jim Thompson Quote: “I found out long ago that the place where the law is apt to be abused the most is right around a courthouse.”

I found out long ago that the place where the law is apt to be abused the most is right around a courthouse.

— Jim Thompson



Jim Thompson Quote: “What smells good in the store may stink in the stewpot.”

What smells good in the store may stink in the stewpot.

— Jim Thompson


Jim Thompson Quote: “Then he laughed and she laughed. And quivering with the movement of the train, the dead man seemed to laugh too.”

Then he laughed and she laughed. And quivering with the movement of the train, the dead man seemed to laugh too.

— Jim Thompson


Jim Thompson Quote: “I told her the world was full of nice people. I’d have hated to try to prove it to her, but I said it, anyway.”

I told her the world was full of nice people. I’d have hated to try to prove it to her, but I said it, anyway.

— Jim Thompson


Jim Thompson Quote: “You can’t stamp on a man’s corns when he’s got his feet cut off.”

You can’t stamp on a man’s corns when he’s got his feet cut off.

— Jim Thompson


Jim Thompson Quote: “If the Good Lord made a mistake in us people it was in making us want to live when we’ve got the least excuse for it.”

If the Good Lord made a mistake in us people it was in making us want to live when we’ve got the least excuse for it.

— Jim Thompson


Jim Thompson Quote: “I’d been chasing females all my life, not paying no mind to the fact that whatever’s got tail at one end has teeth at the other, and now I was getting chomped.”

I’d been chasing females all my life, not paying no mind to the fact that whatever’s got tail at one end has teeth at the other, and now I was getting chomped.

— Jim Thompson

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