Steig Larsson quotes

  • Keep in mind that I'm crazy, won't you?
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Crazy #Mind

  • There were not so many physical threats that could not be countered with a decent hammer.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Hammers #Threat #Decent

  • We need to have a talk on the subject of what's yours and what's mine.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Needs #Subjects

  • Blomkvist had indeed had many brief relationships. He knew he was reasonably good-looking, but he had never considered himself exceptionally attractive. But he had often been told that he had something that made women interested in him . . .that he radiated self-confidence and security at the same time, that he had the ability to make women feel at ease. Going to bed with him was not threatening or complicated, but it might be erotically enjoyable. And that, according to Blomkvist, was as it should be.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Self Confidence #Ease #Might

  • Friendship- my definition- is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don't have trust, the friendship will crumble.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Friendship #Best Friend #Trust

  • I’ve had many enemies over the years. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s never engage in a fight you’re sure to lose. On the other hand, never let anyone who has insulted you get away with it. Bide your time and strike back when you’re in a position of strength—even if you no longer need to strike back.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Positive #Fighting #Hands

  • Normally seven minutes of another person's company was enough to give her a headache so she set things up to live as a recluse. She was perfectly content as long as people left her in peace. Unfortunately society was not very smart or understanding.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Smart #Giving #Long

  • Don’t ever fight with Lisbeth Salander. Her attitude towards the rest of the world is that if someone threatens her with a gun, she’ll get a bigger gun.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Attitude #Fighting #Gun

  • He felt that he had to find Salander and hold her close. She would probably bite him if he tried.
    -- Steig Larsson

  • But she wished she had had the guts to go up to him and say hello. Or possibly break his legs, she wasn't sure which.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Courage #Legs #Hello

  • She's married. I'm more a friend and occasional lover.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Lovers #Married #Occasional

  • Nobody can avoid falling in love. They might want to deny it, but friendship is probably the most common form of love.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Falling In Love #Want #Might

  • History is reticent about women who were common soldiers, who bore arms, belonged to regiments, and took part in battles on the same terms as men, though hardly a war has been waged without women soldiers in the ranks.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #War #Men #Soldier

  • I have been threatened occasionally. But that happens to everybody who is writing this kind of things. Threats will come without fail. It might happen to the most 'innocent' texts. If it gets too much we call the police.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Writing #Police #Kind

  • I abhor crime novels in which the main character can behave however he or she pleases, or do things that normal people do not do, without those actions having social consequences.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Character #People #Action

  • No matter how hard she tried to concentrate on something else, to pass the time and to distract her from the situation she was in, the fear came trickling out. It hovered like a cloud of gas around her, threatening to penetrate her pores and poison her.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Clouds #Matter #Poison

  • Writing detective stories is about writing light literature, for entertainment. It isn't primarily a question of writing propaganda or classical literature.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Writing #Light #Stories

  • Crime stories are, as you know, one of the most popular forms of entertainment that exist. If you then try to have something to say... that I have, of course.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Trying #Entertainment #Stories

  • I am what I am,' Salander said 'I ran away from everything and everybody. I should have said goodbye.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Goodbye #Said #Should

  • Harley-Davidson," she said. "Sweet.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Sweet #Said #Harley

  • From a purely physical standpoint she didn't have a chance, but her attitude was that death was better than capitulation.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Attitude #Chance #Standpoint

  • Taking away a person's control of her own life - meaning her bank account - is one of the greatest infringements a democracy can impose, especially when it applies to young people. It is an infringement even if the intent may be perceived as benign and socially valid.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #People #Democracy #May

  • To exact revenge for yourself or your friends is not only a right, it's an absolute duty.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Revenge #Duty

  • Cortez looked like someone newly in love, the way only twenty-four-year-olds can look.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Years #Four #Way

  • Martin was dafter than a syphilitic polecat - where do I get these metaphors from?
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Metaphor

  • Only a woman who had killed a man in battle was allowed to give up her virginity.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Giving Up #Men #Battle

  • It did no good to cry, she had learned that early on. She had also learned that every time she tried to make someone aware of something in her life, the situation just got worse. Consequently it was up to her to solve her problems by herself, using whatever methods she deemed necessary.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Problem #Cry #Method

  • I have a truly marvellous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Demonstration #Marvellous

  • Her voice was as rough as sandpaper. As long as Blomkvist lived, he would never forget her face as she went on the attack. Her teeth were bared like a beast of prey. Her eyes were glittering, black as coal. She moved with the lightning speed of a tarantula and seemed totally focus on her prey as she swung the club again, striking Martin in the ribs.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Eye #Voice #Long

  • Salander never forgets an injustice, and by nature she was anything but forgiving.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Forgiving #Never Forget #Injustice

  • Isn't it fascinating that Nazis always manage to adopt the word freedom?
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Nazi #Manage

  • I'm aware of what you've done for me, and I'm not ungrateful. I appreciate that you actually showed yourself to be greater than your prejudices and have given me a chance here. But I don't want you for my lover, and you're not my father.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Father #Appreciate #Ungrateful

  • He's pulling the load of an ox and walking on eggshells.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Eggshells #Walking

  • She had put on make-up in a colour scheme that indicated she might be colourblind.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Might #Schemes #Colour

  • Plague might be a social incompetent, but he was unquestionably a genius.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Might #Genius #Social

  • His attitude had always been that if a woman clearly indicated that she did not want anything more to do with him, he would go on his way. Not respecting such a message would in his eyes, show a lack of respect for her.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Attitude #Eye #Goes On

  • I believe that everyone has it in them to kill another person. In desperation, or hatred, or at least to defend themselves.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Believe #Hatred #Desperation

  • Her absence had felt like torture--almost a form of personal punishment. He had nobody to discuss his feelings with, and for the first time he realised with appalling clarity what a destructive hold she had over him.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Punishment #Feelings #Firsts

  • A journalist finds out things by asking questions of people who know.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Asking Questions #People #Asking

  • Men who just call to say hello generally have ulterior motives.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Men #Hello #Motive

  • I know what kind of things I myself have been irritated by in detective stories. They are often about one or two persons, but they don't describe anything in the society outside.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Two #Detectives #Stories

  • I'm a fast writer, and crime novels are easy to do. It's much harder to write a 1,000 word article, where everything has to be 100 per cent correct.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Writing #Crime #Easy

  • Your job description as a journalist is to question and scrutinize critically-neve r to repeat claims uncritically, no matter how highly placed the sources in the bureaucracy. Don't ever forget that. You're a damn good writer, but that talent is completely worthless if you forget your job description.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Jobs #Matter #Talent

  • I started to write in 2001. I wrote the books for the fun of it. It was an old idea I had had since the nineties.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Fun #Book #Writing

  • In ordinary detective novels you never see the consequences of what happens in a story in the next book. That you do in mine.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Book #Next #Detectives

  • I've read crime fiction all my life. A thing that's bothered me about crime fiction is that it's generally about one or two people, but there's not much about society. I want to get away from that particular pattern: a lead, a supporting role and backdrop characters.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Character #Two #People

  • I am not altogether confident of my ability to put my thoughts into words: My texts are usually better after an editor has hacked away at them, and I am used to both editing and being edited. Which is to say that I am not oversensitive in such matters.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Editing #Editors #Matter

  • I will write a couple of books and become a millionaire.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Couple #Book #Writing

  • The whole organization seemed to be in free fall, indulging in a collective fantasy in which experienced colleagues refused to admit that their every movement, every decision that was made and implemented, only led them one step closer to the abyss.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Fall #Organization #Decision

  • She saw him drenched with gasoline. She could actually feel the box of matches in her hand.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Hands #Gasoline #Saws

  • -Who knows about this? -Just me, the police, the killer, and now you.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Police #Killers

  • Don't call me crazy.I'm a survivor. I do what I have to do to survive.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Crazy #Survivor #Call Me

  • When other people are grieving, the newspaperman turns efficient.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Grieving #People #Turns

  • Then she made up her mind.It was absurd to pretend that he did not exist.It no longer hurt her to see him. She opened the door wide and let him into her life again.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Hurt #Doors #Mind

  • Don't exaggerate. Just give your natural bitchy selves full rein
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Self #Giving #Natural

  • You walk around feeling like a teenager and immortal your whole life, and suddenly there isn't much time left.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Teenager #Feelings #Immortal

  • You were difficult enough to catch,” Faste said. Salander gave him a long look, satisfied herself that he was an idiot, and decided that she would not waste too many seconds concerning herself with his existence.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Long #Looks #Waste

  • You're an entropic chaos factor
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Chaos

  • There is nothing to talk about" she said. "I'm just a freak that's all.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Freak #Said

  • It did no good to cry, she had learned that early on.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Cry

  • Every year Swedish society produces a new generation of threatened women who can testify to the lack of legal rights and the lukewarm interest shown by the police and other authorities.
    -- Steig Larsson

    #Years #Rights #Police