I didn't invent forensic science and medicine. I just was one of the first people to recognize how interesting it is.— Patricia Cornwell
The most passioned Patricia Cornwell quotes that will add value to your life
Everyone is doing forensics.
Night fell clean and cold in Dublin, and wind moaned beyond my room as if a million pipes played the air.
On the last morning of Virginia's bloodiest year since the Civil War, I built a fire and sat facing a window of darkness where at sunrise I knew I would find the sea.
When I was at college there were two things I vowed I'd never do.
One was go to a funeral and the other was deal with computers. And then I ended up being a computer programmer in a morgue.
With DNA, the ability to find out a lot more with a lot less has increased our ability for identification.
Even when I am writing I usually take a break around lunchtime and go for a little walk to clear out my head.
I've never taken a scalpel to a dead body.
Being gay is just one aspect of my very complicated life. I do not wear it on my sleeve.
My fans want me to talk to them. And even if they want to be critical, I want to hear what they've got to say.
In my forties, my optimism was boundless.
I had really good health and tremendous success which allowed me to do anything I wanted.
Leaves covered pavement like soggy cereal.
First of all, it does not deter crime, the death penalty.
My friends call me Miss Worst Case Scenario.
You can't cure a chipped plate. All you can do is live with it or throw it out.
I won't put myself in a position where I'm vulnerable.
I refuse to sit on my laurels.
Being with someone who is smart and gives good advice adds tremendously wonderful elements to your life.
I don't do things that are illegal.
He was pushing fifty, with a face life had chewed on, and long wisps of graying hair parted low on one side and combed over his balding pate.
But when I was a little kid, I was always writing stories and illustrating little books that I would create.
I find it difficult to attend autopsies. Especially the smells.
The biggest risk with a series that goes on this long is that you'll get bored with the character.
I'm always surprised when large numbers of people buy my books.
Murder is about power and the more powerful women get the more it will change the good that they do and the bad that they do.
Survival my only hope. Success my only revenge
You have to live where you wake up, even if someone else dreamed you there.
I wouldn't want to donate my body for scientific study.
If everybody, every day, would try to do one thing that pulls them beyond themselves the world will start being a better place.
In the first person, the readers feel smart, like it's them solving the case.
I wouldn't want to assume that all men are like you. If I did, I know I would give them up entirely
To almost die is to know that one day you will, and to never again feel the same about anything.
Do no harm & leave the world a better place than you found it.
Grief was like a seizure that shook me like a storm.
Botox not only helps with wrinkles, it actually makes you feel more relaxed as frowning causes tension.
I like to get to bed with a clear head.
I've always believed human blood is red because it really needs to draw attention to itself.
America is the most violent democracy in the world.
It's something that's met with great shock, horror, and mystery when I travel to other countries. They ask, Why are there so many shootings in America? Why does everyone own a gun?
The dead have never bothered me. It's the living that I fear.
Life brings with it strangeness and surprises and upsets
Even if you are a best-seller you feel insecure because it is all so unpredictable.
I am an Armani and a Dolce & Gabbana kind of a person.
I stop working at about 3 p.m. on Fridays.
I constantly remind people that crime isn't solved by technology; it's solved by people.
I hate the term "mystery". That's not what I write. I think the Scarpetta novels are much more character-driven than an average puzzle solver. Writing should be like a pane of glass - there's another world on the other side and your vision carries you there, but you're not aware of having passed through a barrier to get there.
Thoughts are odd misfires.
We create our own worlds. We destroy our own worlds. It is that simple.
I'm very, very sensitive to pain and to people who suffer.
rain slowly slides down the glass as if the night is crying.
And suddenly the world was filled with wooden faces and flat voices - and, you were alone.