Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

My imagination functions much better when I don't have to speak to people.

Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

If people have bought something of mine, they know by now that I will decline writing it for the movies.

Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

Ripley is married. And he's not lost. He has his feet on the ground.

Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

I like to work for four or five hours a day. I aim for seven days a week.

Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

I don't think Ripley is gay. He appreciates good looks in other men, that's true. But he's married in later books. I'm not saying he's very strong in the sex department. But he makes it in bed with his wife.

Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

I only know it takes weeks to recover, as if one had been in a car accident.

Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

I think J.D. Salinger is correct in granting no interviews, and in making no speeches.

Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

I find the public passion for justice quite boring and artificial.

Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

I don't set the alarm to get up. I get up when I feel like it.

Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

I prefer to live in the country where it's quiet. Woody Allen movies there are dubbed into Italian.

Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

For neither life nor nature cares if justice is ever done or not.

Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

I have Graham Greene's telephone number, but I wouldn't dream of using it. I don't seek out writers because we all want to be alone.

Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

I can't write if someone else is in the house, not even the cleaning woman.

Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

I have no television - I hate it.

Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

A few years ago, there were requests to me, Can we make this? I said that I have no rights. Contact the Hitchcock estate, which won't release it for a remake.

Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

That wasn't a bad price for a first book. My agent upped it as much as possible. I was 27 and had nothing behind me. I was working like a fool to earn a living and pay for my apartment.

Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

I didn't hang around films. I don't know if I'd ever seen Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes.

Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

Robert Walker as Bruno was excellent. He had elegance and humor, and the proper fondness for his mother.

Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

I was in New York. Hitchcock was in California. He rang me to make a report on his progress and said, I'm having trouble. I've just sacked my second screenwriter.

Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith

I hope it will be set in California. In a way, I made a mistake, because a New Jersey policeman can't operate that way in New York. But in California, he can move between different counties.