Thomas Harris Quotes

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Thomas Harris Quotes

Silence can mock.
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Silence can mock.

— Thomas Harris

Did you ever think, Clarice, why the Philistines don't understand you? It's because you are the answer to Samson's riddle. You are the honey in the lion.

— Thomas Harris

You must understand that when you are writing a novel you are not making anything up. It's all there and you just have to find it.

— Thomas Harris

If I saw you everyday forever, I would remember this time.

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Back at his chair he cannot remember what he was reading. He feels the books beside him to find the one that is warm.

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He held it at arm's length, through the bars, his forefinger along the spine. She reached across the barrier and took it. For an instant the tip of her forefinger touched Dr. Lecter's. The touch crackled in his eyes. "Thank you, Clarice." "Thank you, Dr. Lecter." And that is how he remained in Starling's mind. Caught in the instant when he did not mock. Standing in his white cell, arched like a dancer, his hands clasped in front of him and his head slightly to the side.

— Thomas Harris

Ready when you are Sergeant Pempbry.

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You didn't draw a freak. You drew a man with a freak on his back. Nothing wrong with you, kid.

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The lambs will stop for now. But, Clarice, you judge yourself with all the mercy of the dungeon scales at Threave; you'll have to earn it again and again, the blessed silence. Because it's the plight that drives you, seeing the plight, and the plight will not end, ever.

— Thomas Harris

The world will not be this way within the reach of my arm.

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He did it because he liked it. Still does. Dr. Lecter is not crazy, in any common way we think of being crazy. He did some hideous things because he enjoyed them. But he can function perfectly when he wants to.

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Haven't you ever had people coming over and no time to shop? You have to make do with what's in the fridge, Clarice. May I call you Clarice?

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Good nutrition has given you some length of bone, but you're not more than one generation out of the mines Officer Starling.

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He moves smoothly and slowly, carrying his concentration like a brimming cup.

— Thomas Harris

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