The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
Colonel Haki: But to me the most important thing to know about an assassination is not who fired a shot - but who paid for the bullet!
Mr. Peters: A book is a lovely thing, a garden stocked with beautiful flowers, a magic carpet on which to fly away to unknown climes.
Dimitrios Makropoulos: Peterson was always too ingenious; and ingenuity is never a substitute for intelligence.
Irana Preveza: [after they inquire about Dimitrios in the nightclub] Get out!
[after they begin to rise]
Irana Preveza: Sit down! Do you think I want a scene in here?
Marukakis: [Sarcastically] If you can explain how I can leave without standing up, I'd be grateful.
Cornelius Leyden: [to Dimitrios after he has shot Peters] He was my friend... No, he wasn't my friend, but he was a nice man!
Cornelius Leyden: [With sarcasm to Peters] Oh, you're knocking now, sir. Excellent! Excellent!
Mr. Peters: Mr. Leyden, can I use your paper?
Cornelius Leyden: [Sarcastically] Why not? You've used everything else!
Mr. Peters: [Repeated with small variations throughout the story] How little kindness there is in the world today!
Irana Preveza: [to Leyden] I've known many men, but I've only been afraid of one of them... Dimitrios.
Karel Bulic: [realizing he's being duped and blackmailed] You dirty spy!
[Dimitrios slaps him]
Mr. Peters: [sardonically, as he has being led away by police] You wanted to write a book. Send me a copy. I'll have lots of time to read it.