"In the forensic science course I took at university they used photographs of dead bodies. For ballistics they showed us a guy lying on the floor, and his head had burst."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."Denise Mina on Albert Einstein
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."Denise Mina on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control."Denise Mina on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right a single experiment can prove me wrong."Denise Mina on Albert Einstein
"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."Denise Mina on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Even if people do wrong, we're social animals, so what can we do about stopping them doing the same things in future? Saying people are 'bad' or 'evil' is just an unwillingness to engage an unwillingness to try to empathise. That sanctimonious attitude doesn't help anyone."
"In the 'Garnethill' trilogy, people always forget that Maureen O'Donnell's dad was a journalist and she did art history at uni and her brother did law, but no-one ever thinks they're middle-class - they're just working class because they speak with accents."
"Comics don't work if the story is all in the text and the images are illustrative. It's hard to have enough faith in the artists to allow them to do their job."
"We don't really go in for big family dinners, but Scottish people are famously confrontational. It's a cultural thing, so maybe we don't need to have them to clear the air. Also, traditional family food isn't as nice here so there's no payoff for traveling hundreds of miles."
"I love Mikhail Bulgakov. He is very original and takes the story to unexpected places. I didn't realise political writing could be so funny."