The Lies of Locke Lamora – Quotes


“I ONLY steal because my dear old family needs the money to live!” Locke said.

“Liar!” they chorused in unison.

“I only steal because this wicked world won’t let me work an honest trade!” Calo cried, hoisting his own glass.


“I only steal because I have to support my poor lazy twin brother, whose indolence broke our mother’s heart!” Galdo elbowed Calo as he made this announcement.


“I only steal,” said Jean, “because I’ve temporarily fallen in with bad company.”


At last the ritual came to Bug; the boy raised his glass a bit shakily and yelled, “I only steal because it’s heaps of fucking fun!”



“We’re a different sort of thief here, Lamora. Deception and misdirection are our tools. We don’t believe in hard work when a false face and a good line of bullshit can do so much more.”


The best disguises were those that were poured out of the heart rather than painted on the face.”



“An old Camorri proverb has it that the only constant in the soul of man is inconstancy; anything and everything else can pass out of fashion—even something as utilitarian as a hill stuffed full of corpses.”



“What thief does not fight to hold what he has?”

“One that has something better,” said Locke.

“There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.” 
“But time’s a river, Locke, and we’ve always drifted farther down it than we think.”