I have no interest in understanding sheep, only eating them.— Thomas Harris
The most dreamy Thomas Harris quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
Human emotions are a gift from our animal ancestors. Cruelty is a gift humanity has given itself.
I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti
A census taker tried to quantify me once.
I ate his liver with some fava beans and a big Amarone. Go back to school, little Starling.
It rubs the lotion on its skin. It does this whenever it is told.
How seldom we recognize the sound when the bolt of our fate slides home.
I collect church collapses, recreationally.
Did you see the recent one in Sicily? Marvelous! The facade fell on sixty-five grandmothers at a special mass. Was that evil? If so, who did it? If he's up there, he just loves it, Officer Starling. Typhoid and swans - it all comes from the same place.
In her way, she was a hard one. Faith in any sort of natural justice was nothing but a night light; she knew of that. Whatever she did, she would end the same way with everyone does: flat on her back with a tube in her nose, wondering, "Is this all?
Being smart spoils a lot of things, doesn't it?
Allegra Pazzi: Dr. Fell, do you believe a man could become so obsessed with a woman, from a single encounter? Hannibal Lecter: Could he daily feel a stab of hunger for her and find nourishment in the very sight of her? I think so. But would she see through the bars of his plight and ache for him?
He sees very clearly - he damn sure sees through me.
It's hard to accept that someone can understand you without wishing you well. At Starling's age it hadn't happened to her much.
It's hard to have anything isn't it? Rare to get it, hard to keep it.
This is a damn slippery planet.
Hannibal Lecter: We live in a primitive time - don't we, Will? - neither savage nor wise. Half measures are the curse of it. Any rational society would either kill me or give me my books.
In making friends, she was wary of people who foster dependency and feed on it.
She had been involved with a few--the blind attract them, and they are the enemy.
Did you ever think, Clarice, why the Philistines don't understand you? It's because you are the answer to Samson's riddle. You are the honey in the lion.
Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed.
Writing novels is the hardest thing I've ever done, including digging irrigation ditches.
The very air had screams smeared on it. He flinched from the noise in this silent room.
But the face on the pillow, rosy in the firelight, is certainly that of Clarice Starling, and she sleeps deeply, sweetly, in the silence of the lambs.
… It is not healing to see your childhood home, but it helps you measure whether you are broken, and how and why, assuming you want to know.
When Will Graham could open his right eye, he saw the clock and knew where he was- an intensive-care unit. He knew to watch the clock. Its movement assured him that this was passing, would pass. That's what it was there for.
Life's too slippery for books, Clarice; anger appears as lust, lupus presents as hives.
We routinely leave our small children in day care among strangers.
At the same time, in our guilt we evince paranoia about strangers and foster fear in children.
Hannibal at eighteen was rooting for Mephistopheles and contemptuous of Faust, but he only half-listened to the climax. He was watching and breathing Lady Murasaki...
The most stable elements, Clarice, appear in the middle of the periodic table, roughly between iron and silver. Between iron and silver. I think that is appropriate for you.
The advantage of beating a mute is he can't tell on you.
It occured to Starling how much Roden would benefit from an elbow smash in the hinge of his jaw.
Shiloh isn’t haunted – men are haunted. Shiloh doesn’t care.
There is a common emotion we all recognize and have not yet named -- the happy anticipation of being able to feel contempt.
Intense fear comes in waves; the body can't stand it for long at a time.
You know how cats do. They hide to die. Dogs come home.
God's creatures who cried themselves to sleep stirred to cry again.
We rarely get to prepare ourselves in meadows or on graveled walks;
we do it on short notice in places without windows, hospital corridors, rooms like this lounge with its cracked plastic sofa and Cinzano ashtrays, where the cafe curtains cover blank concrete. In rooms like this, with so little time, we prepare our gestures, get them by heart so we can do them when we're frightened in the face of Doom.
It's fear, Jack. The man deals with a huge amount of fear.' Because he got hurt?' No, not entirely. Fear comes with imagination, it's a penalty, it's the price of imagination.
One can only see what one observes, and one observes only things which are already in the mind.
Over this odd world, this half the world that's dark now, I have to hunt a thing that lives on tears.
Evil's just destructive? Then storms are evil, if it's that simple.
And we have fire, and there there's hail. Underwriters lump it all under 'Acts of God.
You will not persuade me with appeals to my intellectual vanity.
Gratitude’s got a short half-life, Clarice.
Whenever feasible, one should always try to eat the rude.
What he has in addition is pure empathy and projection,” Dr.
Bloom said. “He can assume your point of view, or mine – and maybe some other points of view that scare and sicken him. It’s an uncomfortable gift, Jack. Perception’s a tool that’s pointed on both ends.
I'm doing one of three things: I'm writing.
I'm staring out the window. Or I'm writhing on the floor.
Back at his chair he cannot remember what he was reading.
He feels the books beside him to find the one that is warm.
Ready when you are, Sergeant Pempbry.
You would think such a day would tremble to begin . . .
When the Fox hears the Rabbit scream he comes a-runnin', but not to help.
It's hard... to shake off something that's already under your skin.
The worm that destroys you is the temptation to agree with your critics, to get their approval.