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Rex Stout

Datum narození: 1. prosinec 1886
Datum úmrtí: 27. říjen 1975

Rex Todhunter Stout byl americký spisovatel, autor detektivních románů. Proslul především svými romány s Nero Wolfem a jeho asistentem Archie Goodwinem. Prvním románem s těmito postavami byl Zmije hraje golf a posledním Rodinná záležitost . Je řazen ke klasikům amerického detektivního románu. Podle jeho knih bylo vytvořeno mnoho rozhlasových her, natočeno několik filmů a televizních seriálů, např. seriály Nero Wolfe a A Nero Wolfe Mystery .


„V životě záleží na lidskosti a k té patří i přiměřené a inteligentní ovládání choutek, které máme společné se psy.“

„We are all vainer of our luck than of our merits.“ The Rubber Band


„[A] pessimist gets nothing but pleasant surprises, an optimist nothing but unpleasant.“ Fer-de-Lance

„Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.“ The Red Box

„I will ride my luck on occasion, but I like to pick the occasion.“ Might as Well Be Dead

„Wolfe was drinking beer and looking at pictures of snowflakes in a book someone had sent him from Czechoslovakia...
... Wolfe seemed absorbed in the pictures. Looking at him, I said to myself, "He's in a battle with the elements. He's fighting his way through a raging blizzard, just sitting there comfortably looking at pictures of snowflakes. That's the advantage of being an artist, of having imagination." I said aloud, "You mustn't go to sleep, sir, it's fatal. You freeze to death.“
The League of Frightened Men

„Genius is fine for the ignition spark, but to get there someone has to see that the radiator doesn't leak and no tire is flat.“ The Doorbell Rang

„Afraid? I can dodge folly without backing into fear.“ The Doorbell Rang


„The more you put in your brain, the more it will hold -- if you have one.“

„A man may debar nonsense from his library of reason, but not from the arena of his impulses.“ The League of Frightened Men

„I try to know what I need to know. I make sure to know what I want to know.
(Nero Wolfe)“
Please Pass the Guilt

„A person who does not read cannot think. He may have good mental processes, but he has nothing to think about. You can feel for people or natural phenomena and react to them, but they are not ideas. You cannot think about them."

[magazine, December 10, 1965]“


„MY rule is never to be rude to anyone unless you mean it.“

„In a world that operates largely at random, coincidences are to be expected, but any one of them must always be mistrusted.“ Champagne for One

„No man was ever taken to hell by a woman unless he already had a ticket in his pocket or at least had been fooling around with timetables.“ Some Buried Caesar

„She turned back to me, graceful as a big cat, straight and proud, not quite smiling, her warm dark eyes as curious as if she had never seen a man before. I knew damn well I ought to say something, but what? The only thing to say was “Will you marry me?” but that wouldn’t do because the idea of her washing dishes or darning socks was preposterous.“ Too Many Clients

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