Rex Todhunter Stout (December 1, 1886 - October 27, 1975) was an American crime writer, best known as the creator of the larger-than-life fictional detective Nero Wolfe. [Wikipedia]
"I really mean what I say. A Dickens character to me is a theatrical projection of a character. Not that it isn't real. It's real, but in that removed sense. But Sherlock Holmes is simply there. I would be astonished if I went to 221½ B Baker Street and didn't find him."
"A character who is thought-out is not born, he or she is contrived. A born character is round, a thought-out character is flat."
"Hemingway never grew out of adolescence. His scope and depth stayed shallow because he had no idea what women are for."
"One of the hardest things to believe is that anyone will abandon the effort to escape a charge of murder. It is extremely important to suspend disbelief on that. If you don't, the story is spoiled."
"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 thought if you’re merely good and not great, what is the use of putting all that agony into it?"
"Everything in a story should be credible."
"Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth."
"Of course the modern detective story puts off its best tricks till the last, but Doyle always put his best tricks first and that's why they're still the best ones."
"I have a strong moral sense - by my standards."
"I have never regarded myself as this or that. I have been too busy being myself to bother about regarding myself."