The strength of the vampire is that people will not believe in him.
(Garrett Fort (1900-1945), U.S. screenwriter, and Tod Browning. Abraham Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan), Dracula, trying to convince Mina's father and fiance that vampires do exist (1931).
From the play adapted by Hamilton Deane and John Balderston (1899-1954).)
I am in the pitiable situation of feeling all the force of temptation without having the strength to succumb to it.
(Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. Letter, May 23, 1751, The French Correspondence of the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, vol. I, p. 87, ed. Rex A. Barrell, trans. James Gray, Ottawa, Borealis Press (1980).)
In one-act pieces there should be only rubbishthat is their strength.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, January 6, 1889, letter to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 130, "Nauka" (1976).)