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The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2) The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
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“The whole world's writing novels, but nobody's reading them.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“...writers are a savage breed, Mr. Strike. If you want life-long friendship and selfless camaraderie, join the army and learn to kill. If you want a lifetime of temporary alliances with peers who will glory in your every failure, write novels.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“We don’t love each other; we love the idea we have of each other. Very few humans understand this or can bear to contemplate it. They have blind faith in their own powers of creation. All love, ultimately, is self-love.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“There are always loose ends in real life.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“You know, there's pride, and then there's stupidity”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“We need readers,” muttered Daniel Chard. “More readers. Fewer writers.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“... cheer the fuck up and eat your burger.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“Though they spent so much time trying to make themselves beautiful, you were not supposed to admit to women that beauty mattered.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“You are not writing properly unless someone is bleeding, probably you.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“Lightning doesn't strike twice.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“Fancourt can't write women,' said Nina dismissively. 'He tries but he can't do it. His women are all temper, tits and tampons.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“Like most writers, I tend to find out what I feel on a subject by writing about it. It is how we interpret the world, how we make sense of it.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“Strike had always marvelled at the strange sanctity conferred upon celebrities by the public, even while the newspapers denigrated, hunted or hounded them. No matter how many famous people were convicted of rape or murder, still the belief persisted, almost pagan in its intensity: not him. It couldn't be him. He's famous.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“... it is hard to throw off long-established love: Hard, but this you must manage somehow...”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“Forever encased in the amber of a writer's prose.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“One mellows almost without realizing it's a compensation of age, because anger is exhausting.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“If you want life-long friendship and selfless camaraderie, join the army and learn to kill.
If you want a lifetime of temporary alliances with peers who will glory in your every failure, write novels.”
J.K. Rowling, The Silkworm
“You can’t plot murder like a novel. There are always loose ends in real life.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“People do kill themselves, you know, Miranda, when they think their whole reason for living is being taken away from them. Even the fact that other people think their suffering is a joke isn’t enough to shake them out of it.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“Many lonely people, Strike knew, found it pleasant to be the focus of somebody’s undivided attention and sought to prolong the novel experience.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“Writers are different,” said Waldegrave. “I’ve never met one who was any good who wasn’t screwy.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“All love, ultimately, is self-love.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
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“With the invention of the internet, any subliterate cretin can be Michiko Kakutani.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“Hard to remember these days that there was a time you had to wait for the ink and paper reviews to see your work excoriated. With the invention of the internet, any subliterate cretin can be Michiko Kakutani.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“In the depths of his tiredness, surrounded by these blank, sheep-like visages, he found himself pondering the accidents that had brought all of them into being. Every birth was, viewed properly, mere chance. With a hundred million sperm swimming blindly through the darkness, the odds against a person becoming themselves were staggering.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“…difficile est longum subito deponere amoren, difficile est, uerum hoc qua lubet efficias… …it is hard to throw off long-established love: Hard, but this you must manage somehow…”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“There were undoubtedly those to whom killing was easy and pleasurable: he had met a few such. Millions had been successfully trained to end others' lives; he, Strike, was one of them. Humans killed opportunistically, for advantage and in defense, discovering in themselves the capacity for bloodshed when no alternative seemed possible; but there were also people who had drawn up short, even under the most intense pressure, unable to press their advantage, to seize the opportunity, to break the final and greatest taboo.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“I’m totally serious. Look it up on the net. When women turn, they really turn.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“Strike had not been able to guard against warm feelings for Robin, who had stuck by him when he was at his lowest ebb and helped him turn his fortunes around; nor, having normal eyesight, could he escape the fact that she was a very good-looking woman.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
“He wondered fleetingly how many people who sat alone for hours as they scribbled their stories practiced talking about their work during their coffee breaks....”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm

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