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Raymond Chandler Quote: “I’m all done with hating you. It’s all washed out of me. I hate people hard, but I don’t hate them very long.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “She smelled the way the Taj Mahal looks by moonlight.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “On a dance floor half a dozen couples were throwing themselves around with the reckless abandon of a night watchman with arthritis.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Dead men are heavier than broken hearts.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “If my books had been any worse, I should not have been invited to Hollywood, and if they had been any better, I should not have come.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “There is nothing tougher than a tough Mexican, just as there is nothing gentler than a gentle Mexican, nothing more honest than an honest Mexican, and above all nothing sadder than a sad Mexican.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid... He must be the best man in his world, and a good enough man for any world.” from Raymond Chandler’s, “The Simple Act of Murder.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “It was a cool day and very clear. You could see a long way-but not as far as Velma had gone.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “It seemed like a nice neighborhood to have bad habits in.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “My God, you big dark handsome brute! I ought to throw a Buick at you.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I like smooth shiny girls, hardboiled and loaded with sin.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I was neat, clean, shaved and sober and I didn’t care who knew it.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The dilemma of the critic has always been that if he knows enough to speak with authority, he knows too much to speak with detachment.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I’m killing time and it’s dying hard.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “There was a sad fellow over on a bar stool talking to the bartender, who was polishing a glass and listening with that plastic smile people wear when they are trying not to scream.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The coffee shop smell was strong enough to build a garage on.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I knew one thing: as soon as anyone said you didn’t need a gun, you’d better take one along that worked.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “A man who drinks too much on occasion is still the same man as he was sober. An alcoholic, a real alcoholic, is not the same man at all. You can’t predict anything about him for sure except that he will be someone you never met before.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The most durable thing in writing is style, and style is the single most valuable investment a writer can make with his time.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The wet air was as cold as the ashes of love.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Above all never forget that a marriage is in one way very much like a newspaper. It has to be made fresh every damn day of every damn year.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I bet she snaps a mean garter.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “She bent over me again. Blood began to move around in me, like a prospective tenant looking over a house.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “You can have a hangover from other things than alcohol. I had one from women.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I don’t mind your showing me your legs. They’re very swell legs and it’s a pleasure to make their acquaintace. I don’t mind if you don’t like my manners. They’re pretty bad. I grieve over them during the long winter nights.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Under the thinning fog the surf curled and creamed, almost without sound, like a thought trying to form inself on the edge of consciousness.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “She had eyes like strange sins.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “He sounded like a man who had slept well and didn’t owe too much money.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Without magic, there is no art. Without art, there is no idealism. Without idealism, there is no integrity. Without integrity, there is nothing but production.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s lime juice and nothing else.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I guess God made Boston on a wet Sunday.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun. I put them on and went out of the room.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “He was a guy who talked with commas, like a heavy novel. Over the phone anyway.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Show me a man or woman who cannot stand mysteries and I will show you a fool, a clever fool – perhaps – but a fool just the same.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I was as empty of life as a scarecrow’s pockets.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “When I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it stays split.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “A writer who is afraid to overreach himself is as useless as a general who is afraid to be wrong.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The character that lasts is an ordinary guy with some extraordinary qualities.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Everything written with vitality expresses that vitality: there are no dull subjects, only dull minds.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I always find what I want. But when I find it, I don’t want it any more.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The best way to find out if you have any friends is to go broke. The ones that hang on longest are your friends. I don’t mean the ones that hang on forever. There aren’t any of those.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Organized crime is the dirty side of the sharp dollar.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I regard psychiatry as fifty percent bunk, thirty percent fraud, ten percent parrot talk, and the remaining ten percent just a fancy lingo for the common sense we have had for hundreds and perhaps thousands of years, if we ever had the guts to read.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The plants filled the place, a forest of them, with nasty meaty leaves and stalks like the newly washed fingers of dead men.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I’m in a wild mood tonight. I want to go dance in the foam. I hear the banshees calling.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “She was kind of girl who’d eat all your cashews and leave you with nothing but peanuts and filberts.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The tragedy of life, Howard, is not that the beautiful die young, but that they grow old and mean. It will not happen to me.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “You can always tell a detective on TV. He never takes his hat off.”
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