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Raymond Chandler Quote: “I guess God made Boston on a wet Sunday.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Her eyes narrowed until they were a faint greenish glitter, like a forest pool far back in the shadow of trees.”
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: “Mostly I just kill time,” he said, “and it dies hard.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “It is not a fragrant world.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “A white night for me is as rare as a fat postman. If it hadn’t been for Mr. Howard Spencer at the Ritz-Beverly I would have killed a bottle and knocked myself out. And the next time I saw a polite character drunk in a Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, I would depart rapidly in several directions. There is no trap so deadly as the trap you set for yourself.”
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 begins to talk about technique that’s proof that he is fresh out of ideas.”
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: “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: “She was kind of girl who’d eat all your cashews and leave you with nothing but peanuts and filberts.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Her whole body shivered and her face fell apart like a bride’s pie crust. She put it together again slowly, as if lifting a great weight, by sheer will power. The smile came back, with a couple of corners badly bent.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The kind of lawyer you hope the other fellow has.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “It’s so hard for women – even nice women – to realize that their bodies are not irresistible.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “A city no worse than others, a city rich and vigorous and full of pride, a city lost and beaten and full of emptiness.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Courage is a strange thing: One can never be sure of it.”
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 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.”
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: “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: “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: “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: “What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a dirty sump or in a marble tower on top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The muzzle of the Luger looked like the mouth of the Second Street tunnel, but I didn’t move. Not being bullet proof is an idea I had had to get used to.”
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: “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: “The trouble with cops is not that they’re dumb or crooked or tough, but that they think just being a cop gives them a little something that they didn’t have before. Maybe it did once, but not anymore. They’re topped by too many smart minds.”
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: “The English may not always be the best writers in the world, but they are incomparably the best dull writers.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The minutes went by on tiptoe, with their fingers to their lips.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “A wedge of sunlight slipped over the edge of the desk and fell noiselessly to the carpet.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “When the plot flags, bring in a man with a gun.”
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: “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: “His voice was the elaborately casual voice of the tough guy in pictures. Pictures have made them all like that.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I went out the kitchen to make coffee – yards of coffee. Rich, strong, bitter, boiling hot, ruthless, depraved. The life blood of tired men.”
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: “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: “If you don’t leave, I’ll get somebody who will.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The subject was as easy to spot as a kangaroo in a dinner jacket.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Television is just one more facet of that considerable segment of our society that never had any standard but the soft buck.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Dashiell Hammett took murder out of theVenetian vase and dropped it into the alley.”
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.”
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: “The tragedy of life, is not that the beautiful things die young, but that they grow old and mean.”
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: “If people could deal with each other honestly, they would not need agents.”
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