Professor Chan Fu Speaks
Style is like a second cousin to class. Style is loving yourself until everyone else does too.
I told myself that this slim personage in a white frock who wore stockings that matched her bare arms was a phenomenon of extreme rarity, and probably I was right.
– Edgar Jepson
Perhaps this was the greatest moment of his life – perhaps he had accidentally encountered the one woman in the whole of Paris with whom he could realize his own desire to escape from the boredom of conventional society.
– Anne-Marie Villefrance
An animal that had escaped from a nocturnal world: you sensed the presence of dark thoughts, night thoughts, under her blond hair.
– Sebastien Japrisot
She was unreal, alien; yet she belonged and he was the alien. She was Fiesta; something deep and strong and old under the tawdry trappings.
– Dorothy Hughes
I have often heard men say that when persons gifted with mesmeric power looked at them they felt as if they had no backs to their heads. In this case I can only say that I not only felt as if I had no back to my head, but as if I had no head at all.
– Guy Boothby
For the lifting up of mine eyes to behold a woman have I been harried these many years, and my life has been troubled forever.
– Theophile Gautier
God must have been angry with you the day He first let you look into that woman’s face.
– Cornell Woolrich
“I came along –” Ann went on, blowing smoke at him. “I came along to confuse you.”
– Geoffrey Homes
She was starting to like me, so I couldn’t bring myself to tell her she was nuts.
– James Ellroy
You have something of that art or guile – call it what you will – which passes from you through a man’s blood to his brain, and carries him indeed to Heaven – but carries him there mad.
– E. Phillips Oppenheim
What the hell, I’m only human, you know. Before we know it, we’re a couple of swinging cats and all sensible logic is left behind.
– Paul V. Russo
The rest of it was a nightmare until the Doctor came.
– Charlotte Armstrong
All the nutty people have a good time if they don’t get fresh and obstreperous. That’s the Doctor’s way.
– Edgar Wallace
In American culture, all universal sources of pleasure are eventually medicalized , then politicized and finally policed (if not prohibited): witness alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, fat, pornography, masturbation, perfume.
– Richard Klein
A place where a picture of Christ gazing skyward at an angel might hang on one wall and the eyeless face of a female corpse on the other.
– Harold Schechter