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I don't know anybody in the underworld.
by James Ellroy

I don't know anybody in the underworld.
I make this stuff up.
I don't know any criminals.
- James Ellroy

I would like to provoke ambiguous responses in my readers.
- James Ellroy

I'm getting a wider circle of fans now.
More women, more middle class people.
- James Ellroy

Raymond Chandler once wrote that Dashiell Hammett gave
murder back to the people who really committed it.
- James Ellroy

 

I have a very intense marriage.
- James Ellroy

I'm clenched down, I'm locked in on it,
which is my general approach to life.
- James Ellroy

As critical acclaim and response has built up,
every interview I give is a chance to puncture the
myth I've created about my work and refine it.
- James Ellroy

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Anybody who doesn't know that politics is crime has got a few screws loose.
- James Ellroy

I was a WASP kid going to a high school that was 99
percent Jewish and I wanted attention and I wanted
to make a spectacle of myself because I couldn't stand to be ignored.
- James Ellroy

I want to see these bad, bad, bad, bad men come to
grips with their humanity.
- James Ellroy

Every one of my books is written from the viewpoint of cops,
with the exception of my book Killer on the Road,
which is written from the viewpoint of a serial killer.
- James Ellroy

The truth of the matter is, you lose a parent to murder
when you're 10 years old,
and in fact at the time of the murder you hate your lost parent,
my mother in my case.
- James Ellroy

I like to be alone so I can write.
But focus can hurt you.
I don't want to be some stress casualty in early middle age.
- James Ellroy

I love thinking about American history,
thinking about LA history.
I love brooding on crime.
- James Ellroy

Rock and rollers can get you the youth buzz,
and younger people are fanatical readers.
- James Ellroy

I am a writer.
I could not afford to take 15 months off from my writing
career to play detective.
- James Ellroy

As a kid, I sensed history going on all around me,
but the basic thrust of it didn't move me.
- James Ellroy

I haven't been to a movie in a year and a half.
- James Ellroy

I've been tremendously moved by a bunch of odd books.
Ross McDonald is very important to me.
I love the Lew Archer books.
- James Ellroy

My mother and I will continue on some level that I haven't determined yet.
I think my mother's a great character,
and I have to say that giving my mother to the world
has to be the biggest thrill of my writing career.
- James Ellroy

I am the most well-adjusted human being I know.
I started out this investigation as a very happy man with a great career.
I've got the life people dream about:
I am rich,
I am famous, I've got a fabulous marriage to an absolutely,
spell-bindingly brilliant woman.
- James Ellroy

I put on such a good show, the story is outrageous,
and people don't want to hear that I'm basically a reasonable human being.
As long as it continues to get me print,
I'll continue to perform in an exuberant manner.
- James Ellroy

I am conservative by temperament.
I disapprove of criminal activity.
I am very solidly and markedly on the side of authority.
The truth is I would rather err on the side of too
much authority than too little.
- James Ellroy

When I was a kid, Eisenhower had been President forever,
and all of a sudden, everything in the world was all about Jack Kennedy.
I was 12, interested in politics; my father was from Massachusetts,
had an accent like Kennedy.
- James Ellroy

As much as I transferred my mother to Elizabeth Shore of The Black Dahlia,
as much as her dad mutated into an obsession with crime in general,
well, I have thought about other things throughout the years.
- James Ellroy

Noir is dead for me because historically,
I think it's a simple view.
I've taken it as far as it can go.
I think I've expanded on it a great deal,
taken it further than any other American novelist.
- James Ellroy

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr (Serenity Prayer)

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Know that the greatest fear is fear of the unknown.
Seek to meet the unknown with courage and a sense of adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are and you know what you want.
- Lao Tzu

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
- John Wooden

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

To live is to choose. But to choose well,
you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Know the power and the peace of saying,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition -
they somehow already know what you truly want to become.
- Steve Jobs

Know thyself.
- Socrates (inscribed on the ancient Greek temple at Delphi)

Once you know yourself as a genuine seeker,
and when your own inner chamber is quite enlightened,
then comes the natural unfoldment of pure love and compassion
and a genuine desire to serve others.
- Rod Stryker

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

To know God, watch a butterfly return to the same tree -
after a year and a thousand miles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect
and the absence of ego.
Love yourself.
Love everyone around you.
Love everyone in the whole world.
Know that your own life is of infinite importance,
as is every other life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that the darkest night is often
the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The more you know the less you feel.
- Bono

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
- Confucius

If it is surely the means to the highest end we know,
can any work be humble or disgusting?
Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder,
the means by which we are translated?
- Henry David Thoreau

All Knowledge is Divided into Three Domains:
"What We Know",
"What We Know That We Don't Know", and
"What We Don't Know That We Don't Know."
- Werner Erhard

When we do the best that we can,
we never know what miracle is wrought in our life,
or in the life of another.
- Helen Keller

When you see something done,
know that you intended it.
If you don't like what you see,
then deeply examine your intentions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know everything is to know nothing,
but to know nothing is to know everything.
- Confucius

Know that unconditional forgiveness
holds immense power to relieve your suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that you do not need the approval of others.
You are unique and magnificent. Stand tall, stand proud.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As soon as you trust yourself,
you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Know that darkness is merely the absence of light.
You can be the small candle that defeats the vast darkness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I know that I am intelligent,
because I know that I know nothing.
- Socrates

You got to be careful if you
don't know where you're going,
because you might not get there.
- Yogi Berra

I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor.
Do you know your next door neighbor?
- Mother Teresa

Know that joy blooms where minds and hearts are open.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that you can have whatever you want,
when you ask from a compassionate heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
You give your own meaning to time, as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that you do not need anyone's permission
to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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