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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: “A check girl in peach-bloom Chinese pajamas came over to take my hat and disapprove of my clothes. She had eyes like strange sins.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “It is not a fragrant world.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “She lowered her lashes until they almost cuddled her cheeks and slowly raised them again, like a theatre curtain. I was to get to know that trick. That was supposed to make me roll over on my back with all four paws in the air.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I had a funny feeling as I saw the house disappear, as though I had written a poem and it was very good and I had lost it and would never remember it again.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Courage is a strange thing: One can never be sure of it.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “You’re not human tonight, Marlowe.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Police business is a hell of a problem. It’s a good deal like politics. It asks for the highest type of men, and there’s nothing in it to attract the highest type of men.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “They write them long because they can’t write them short.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The minute you try to talk business with him he takes the attitude that he is a gentleman and a scholar, and the moment you try to approach him on the level of his moral integrity he starts to talk business.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The kind of lawyer you hope the other fellow has.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Some are able and humane men and some are low-grade individuals with the morals of a goat, the artistic integrity of a slot machine, and the manners of a floorwalker with delusions of grandeur.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Hammett gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons, not just to provide a corpse; and with the means at hand, not hand-wrought dueling pistols, curare and tropical fish.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “If you believe in an idea, you don’t own you, it owns you.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “She jerked away from me like a startled fawn might, if I had a startled fawn and it jerked away from me.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The English may not always be the best writers in the world, but they are incomparably the best dull writers.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I sat down on the edge of a deep soft chair and looked at Mrs Regan. She was worth a stare. She was trouble.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Shake your business up and pour it. I don’t have all day.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Not only is the motion picture an art, but it is the one entirely new art that has been evolved on this planet for hundreds of years. It is the only art at which we of this generation have any possible chance to greatly excel.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Great critics, of whom there are piteously few, build a home for the truth.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The most durable thing in writing is style. It is a projection of personality and you have to have a personality before you can project it. It is the product of emotion and perception.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Your rat tail is all the fashion now. I prefer a bushy plume, carried straight up. You are Siamese and your ancestors lived in trees. Mine lived in palaces. It has been suggested to me that I am a bit of a snob. How true! I prefer to be.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “All men who read escape from something else into what lies behind the printed page; the quality of the dream may be argued, but its release has become a functional necessity.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Love interest nearly always weakens a mystery because it introduces a type of suspense that is antagonistic to the detective’s struggle to solve a problem.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Americans will eat anything if it is toasted and held together with a couple of toothpicks and has lettuce sticking out of the sides, preferably a little wilted.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “California, the department store state.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I merely say that all reading for pleasure is escape, whether it be Greek, mathematics, astronomy, Benedetto Croce, or The Diary of the Forgotten Man. To say otherwise is to be an intellectual snob, and a juvenile at the art of living.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “When the plot flags, bring in a man with a gun.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “In everything that can be called art there is a quality of redemption.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The challenge is to write about real things magically.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “An artist cannot deny art, nor would he want to. A lover cannot deny love.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I think a man ought to get drunk at least twice a year just on principle, so he won’t let himself get snotty about it.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I wasn’t doing any work that day, just catching up on my foot dangling.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “It is wrong to be harsh with the New York critics, unless one admits in the same breath that it is a condition of their existence that they should write entertainingly about something which is rarely worth writing about at all.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes just a little away from his need or desire to write at all. In the end he knows all the tricks and has nothing to say.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Such is the brutalization of commercial ethics in this country that no one can feel anything more delicate than the velvet touch of a soft buck.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “You can’t have everything, even in California.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The kid said: “I don’t like drunks in the first place and in the second place I don’t like them getting drunk in here, and in the third place I don’t like them in the first place.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “It’s so hard for women – even nice women – to realize that their bodies are not irresistible.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The flood of print has turned reading into a process of gulping rather than savoring.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The modern film tries too hard to be real. Its techniques of illusion are so perfect that it requires no contribution from the audience but a mouthful of popcorn.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “If people could deal with each other honestly, they would not need agents.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I hung up. It was a good start, but it didn’t go far enough. I ought to have locked the door and hidden under the desk.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “If you don’t leave, I’ll get somebody who will.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “She’d make for a jazzy week-end, but she’d be wearing for a steady diet.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The moment a man sets his thoughts down on paper, however secretly, he is in a sense writing for publication.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Tall, aren’t you? I didn’t mean to be.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window. She was wearing street clothes that looked black and white, and a hat to match and she was a little haughty, but not too much. Whatever you needed, wherever you happened to be – she had it.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The story is this man’s adventure in search of a hidden truth, and it would be no adventure if it did not happen to a man fit for adventure. If there were enough like him, the world would be a very safe place to live in, without becoming too dull to be worth living in.”
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