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A collection of quotes by Ian Fleming on relationship, death, solitude, marriage and uncertainties.

64 Most Famous Quotes By Ian Fleming, The Renowned Author

Quick Facts

Famous As: Author of James Bond Series

Born On: May 28, 1908

Died On: August 12, 1964

Born In: Mayfair, London

Died At Age: 56

Ian Fleming was a British naval intelligence officer and journalist. He is most popularly known as the author and creator of the character James Bond in the series of spy novels. He was considered to be a loner at work, a dedicated golfer and a book collector. Ian incorporated the lifestyle and traits of his counterparts who were real spies during the war to write his novels. It was also rumored that Ian created the character of James Bond to ward off his midlife crises. His thoughts and wordsspken by his characters have become famous quotations. Ian bought himself the perfect getaway in Jamaica, and named it the Goldeneye. This was the estate where he created the 14 books of 007, under the title ‘Birds of the West Indies’.  ‘Goldfinger’ was the first movie to use his story, but sadly he could not see the fame it derived as he died 14 days before its release. The works, sayings, writings, and quotations by this great writer will surely keep you motivated. Read on the collection of his quotes.

Never say 'no' to adventures. Always say 'yes,' otherwise you'll lead a very dull life.

Ian Fleming

You only live twice: Once when you are born And once when you look death in the face

Ian Fleming

I am a poet in deeds--not often in words.

Ian Fleming

People are islands,' she said. 'They don't really touch. However close they are, they're really quite separate. Even if they've been married for fifty years.

Ian Fleming

Mr Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: 'Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action'.

Ian Fleming

Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles.

Ian Fleming

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success

Ian Fleming

Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action

Ian Fleming

A woman can put up with almost anything; anything but indifference.

Ian Fleming

Never say 'no' to adventures.

Ian Fleming

Mine’s Bond – James Bond.

Ian Fleming

Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas.

Ian Fleming

It was the short men that caused all the trouble in the world.

Ian Fleming

Unfortunately most ways of making big money take a long time. By the time one has made the money one is too old to enjoy it.

Ian Fleming

The World Is Not Enough

Ian Fleming

Everyone has the revolver of resignation in his pocket.

Ian Fleming

Loneliness becomes a lover, solitude a darling sin.

Ian Fleming

It’s just that I’d rather die of drink than of thirst.

Ian Fleming

History is moving pretty quickly these days, and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts.

Ian Fleming

Most marriages don't add two people together. They subtract one from the other.

Ian Fleming

All women love semi-rape. They love to be taken.It was his sweet brutality against my bruised body that made his act of love so piercingly wonderful.

Ian Fleming

Hope makes a good breakfast. Eat plenty of it.

Ian Fleming

The bitch is dead now.

Ian Fleming

Like all harsh, cold men, he was easily tipped over into sentiment.

Ian Fleming

Love of life is born of the awareness of death, of the dread of it.

Ian Fleming

The gain to the winner is always less than the loss to the loser.

Ian Fleming

Before a man's forty, girls cost nothing. After that you have to pay money, or tell a story. Of the two, it's the story that hurts most. Anyway I'm not forty yet.

Ian Fleming

...Goldfinger could not have known that high tension was Bond's natural way of life and that pressure and danger relaxed him.

Ian Fleming

Prohibition is the trigger of crime.

Ian Fleming

They want us dead,' said Bond calmly. 'So we have to stay alive.

Ian Fleming

And people with obsessions, reflected Bond, were blind to danger.

Ian Fleming

He shrugged his shoulders to shift the pain of failure---the pain that is so much greater than the pleasure of success.

Ian Fleming

It reads better than it lives

Ian Fleming

Worry is a dividend paid to disaster before it is due.

Ian Fleming

And then one day when you're playing your little game you'll suddenly find yourself pinned down like a butterfly.

Ian Fleming

He was a secret agent, and still alive thanks to his exact attention to the detail of his profession.

Ian Fleming

His headache was still sitting over his right eye as if it had been nailed there.

Ian Fleming

Our prisons are full of people who think they're Napoleon..or God.

Ian Fleming

She explained to me later that she must have been possessed by a subconscious desire to be raped. Well she found me in the mountains and she was raped - by me.

Ian Fleming

Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles.' He laughed. 'But don't let me down and become human yourself. We would lose such a wonderful machine.

Ian Fleming

In their talk there was nothing but companionship with a distant undertone of passion. In the background there was the unspoken zest of the promise which, in due course and in their own time, would be met.

Ian Fleming

In his mind he fingered the necklace of the days to come.

Ian Fleming

Just as, at least in one religion, accidia is the first of the cardinal sins, so bordom, and particularly the incredible circumstance of waking up bored, was the only vice Bond utterly condemned.

Ian Fleming

You are about to awake when you dream that you are dreaming.

Ian Fleming

I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions do anything, particularly when they taste bad.

Ian Fleming

These blithering women who thought they could do a man's work. Why the hell couldn't they stay at home and mind their pots and pans and stick to their frocks and gossip and leave men's work to the men.

Ian Fleming

The difference between a good golf shot and a bad one is the same as the difference between a beautiful and a plain woman --a matter of millimetres.

Ian Fleming

Why not make it for always?

Ian Fleming

Bond sat for a moment frozen to his chair. Suddenly, there flashed unwanted into his mind that most sinister line in poetry: 'They reckon ill who leave me out. When me they fly, I am the wings.

Ian Fleming

Danger, like a third man, was standing in the room.

Ian Fleming

Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Ian Fleming

What's your name?" "Bond. James Bond. What's yours?" She reflected "Rider." "What Rider?" "Honeychile." Bond smiled.

Ian Fleming

When she had failed once or twice to respond to some conversational gambit or other, Bond also relapsed into silence and occupied himself with his own gloomy thoughts.

Ian Fleming

'Those who deserve to die, he paused, 'die the death they deserve' " - Mr Big

Ian Fleming

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first make bored.

Ian Fleming

Look my friend, I've got to commit a murder tonight. Not you. Me. So be a good chap and stuff it, would you?

Ian Fleming

Each dark conjecture came and for a moment settled like a vulture on Bond's shoulder and croaked into his ear that he had been a blind fool.

Ian Fleming

Champagne and Benzedrine! Never again.

Ian Fleming

Who is this man?' 'Chinaman, or rather half Chinese and half German. Got a daft name. Calls himself Doctor No - Doctor Julius No.' 'No? Spelt like Yes?' 'That's right.

Ian Fleming

You start to die the moment you are born. The whole of life is cutting through the pack with death. So take it easy.

Ian Fleming

Once a King, always a King. But once a Knight is enough!

Ian Fleming

Oh, it's all been such a lark.

Ian Fleming

Those who deserve to die, die the death they deserve.

Ian Fleming

In his particular line of business, peace had reigned for nearly a year. And peace was killing him.

Ian Fleming