The hardest habit of all to break is the terrible habit of happiness.Theodosia Garrison
Ross Macdonald, American-Canadian writer of mystery fiction and detective fiction (pseudonym of Kenneth Millar, 1915 – 1983).
The Moving Target (1949)
- Nothing wrong with Southern California that a rise in the ocean wouldn't cure.
The Way Some People Die (1951)
- ...prone on his back...
- An ugly woman with a gun is a terrible thing.
- ...the delicate sensitivity of a frightened rattlesnake...
The Goodbye Look (1969)
- "You have a secret passion for justice. Why don't you admit it?" "I have a secret passion for mercy. But justice is what keeps happening to people."
- Money costs too much.
Sleeping Beauty (1973)
- I knew how it was with drunks. They ran out of generosity, even for themselves.
- Every witness has his own way of creeping up on the truth.