quote by Dashiell Hammett

I don t mind a reasonable amount of trouble.

— Dashiell Hammett

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The glories of our blood and state, Are shadows, not substantial things;

There is no armour against fate, Death lays his icy hand on kings. Scepter and crown must tumble down, And, in the dust, be equal made With the poor crooked scythe and spade.

Joel Cairo: You always have a very smooth explanation ready.

Sam Spade: What do you want me to do, learn to stutter?

When the land is cultivated entirely by the spade and no horses are kept, a cow is kept for every three acres of land.

Them Jews aren't going to let (Obama) talk to me.

I told my baby daughter, that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office. ...They will not let him talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is.

It is no use asking me or anyone else how to dig.

.. Better to go and watch a man digging, and then take a spade and try to do it.

I am the queen of spades, I am the wasp that stings, I am the dark serpent.

I am the invulnerable animal who passes through fire and is not burned.

The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter.

To dig one's own spade into one's own earth! Has life anything better to offer than this?

Brigid: I haven't lived a good life - I've been bad, worse than you could know.

Spade: That's good, because if you actually were as innocent as you pretend to be, we'd never get anywhere.

It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things. Names are everything. I never quarrel with actions. My one quarrel is with words. The man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. It is the only thing he is fit for.

I call a fig a fig, a spade a spade.

Great hearts can only be made by great troubles.

The spade of trouble digs the reservoir of comfort deeper, and makes more room for consolation.

In a wood they call the Rouge Bouquet, There is a new-made grave today, Built by never a spade nor pick, Yet covered with earth ten meteres thick. There lie many fighting men. Dead in their youthful prime.

If we plant a flower or a shrub and water it daily it will grow so tall that in time we shall need a spade and a hoe to uproot it. It is just so, I think, when we commit a fault, however small, each day, and do not cure ourselves of it.

I'm a spade, you're an ofay. Let's play.

Cynicism is intelectual dandyism, but graciousness in speech is an aphrodisiac. (Andy Spade)

If you bet on a horse, that's gambling.

If you bet you can make three spades, that's entertainment. If you bet cotton will go up three points, that's business. See the difference?

Old gardeners never die. They just spade away and then throw in the trowel.

It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things.

Lay down the axe; fling by the spade; Leave in its track the toiling plough; The rifle and the bayonet-blade For arms like yours were fitter now; And let the hands that ply the pen Quit the light task, and learn to wield The horseman's crooked brand, and rein The charger on the battle-field.

Usually you talk about directors in terms of the way they choose camera lenses or a kind of light to create a certain effect. But to me the most valuable commodity for a movie to create is a feeling of life, and that's what A Hard Day's Night has in spades.

I come from a blue collar family, but my personal life isn't.

I didn't get the gene that my grandfather had in spades. He was a local hero. Built the church that I went to. Built the house I grew up in. Steamfitter, pipefitter, electrician, mechanic and plumber. I wanted to do those things. But it just didn't come easy.

When I go into the garden with a spade and dig a bed I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands.

Cecily. This is no time for wearing the shallow mask of manners. When I see a spade I call it a spade. Gwendolen. [Satirically.] I am glad to say that I have never seen a spade. It is obvious that our social spheres have been widely different.

The whole world is in revolt. Soon there will be only five Kings left--the King of England, the King of Spades, The King of Clubs, the King of Hearts, and the King of Diamonds.

If you are a bad putter, you will not make a putt.

If you have a tendency to chili-dip wedges, you'll be chili-dipping them all over the place for sure. Whatever your weakness, it will come up in spades during the Ryder Cup.

Death lays his icy hand on kings.

With hand on the spade and heart in the sky Dress the ground and till it;

Turn in the little seed, brown and dry, Turn out the golden millet. Work, and your house shall be duly fed: Work, and rest shall be won; I hold that a man had better be dead Than alive when his work is done.

With spots quadrangular of diamond form, ensanguined hearts, clubs typical of strife, and spades, the emblems of untimely graves.

All my hurts my garden spade can heal.

There is nothing pleasanter than spading when the ground is soft and damp.

You plant a garden one flower at a time.

... You write a book one word at a time, clean a closet one shelf at a time, run a marathon one step at a time. If you feel defeated by some large task, get your spade and dig the first hole.

There is no excuse-and we should call a spade a spade-for chemical companies and oil refineries using our major rivers as pipelines for toxic waste. There is no excuse for communities to use other people's rivers as a dump for their raw sewage.

I measure success in terms of the connection with the audience, which we've been able to do in spades. I mean, it's very hard to do that. You think about it, you go back in time, you can say, "Well, there's, like, 'Saturday Night Live' and 'Rolling Stone' or MTV." I think 'Vice' is in that category now.

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