I've always wanted to play a spy, because it is the ultimate acting exercise. You are never what you seem.
— Benedict Cumberbatch

There's more of yourself in a book than a play. that's why we know all about Dickens and not much about Shakespeare. Ben Jonson murdered people; Marlowe was a spy; Shakespeare just sat in the corner and took notes.
John Mortimer spy quote

Living, just by itself --what a dirge that is! Life is a classroom and Boredom's the usher, there all the time to spy on you...
— LouisFerdinand Celine

The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people. You're there, listening to every word, but part of you is observing. Everything is useful to a writer, you see - every scrap, even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties.
— Graham Greene

I think I would make a good spy. I can sort of be a chameleon. People don't notice me very easily. I never get recognized.
— spy quotation by Dana Delany