Count Fosco

One of the rarest of all the intellectual accomplishments that a man can possess is the grand faculty of arranging his ideas. Immense privilege ! I possess it. Do you ?

Prelude to his written confession in Wilkie Collins' 'The Woman in White'

Count Fosco from The Woman in White

Like the Peter Green quote, another great put-down line, which I have been tempted to use, out of context. As a quotation I would use it carefully - the fictional Fosco was a morally appalling character, a criminal mastermind who exploited misogynist forces in society to horrible effect.