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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: “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 wet air was as cold as the ashes of love.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket.”
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: “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: “Her eyes narrowed until they were a faint greenish glitter, like a forest pool far back in the shadow of trees.”
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: “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: “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: “It is not a fragrant world.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “You can have a hangover from other things than alcohol. I had one from women.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Dashiell Hammett took murder out of theVenetian vase and dropped it into the alley.”
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: “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: “When I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it stays split.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The kind of lawyer you hope the other fellow has.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “He sounded like a man who had slept well and didn’t owe too much money.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “She’d make for a jazzy week-end, but she’d be wearing for a steady diet.”
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: “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 tragedy of life, is not that the beautiful things die young, but that they grow old and mean.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “She’s a nice girl. Not my type.” “You don’t like them nice?” He had another cigarette going. The smoke was being fanned away from his face by his hand. “I like smooth shiny girls, hardboiled and loaded with sin.” “They take you to the cleaners,” Randall said indifferently.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Courage is a strange thing: One can never be sure of it.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Doctors are just people, born to sorrow, fighting the long grim fight like the rest of us.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “He was a guy who talked with commas, like a heavy novel. Over the phone anyway.”
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 like bars just after they open in the evening. When the air inside is still cool and clean and everything is shiny. The first quiet drink of the evening in a quiet bar – that’s wonderful.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Everything written with vitality expresses that vitality: there are no dull subjects, only dull minds.”
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: “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: “The moment a man begins to talk about technique that’s proof that he is fresh out of ideas.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I’m a weak character, without guts or ambition. I caught the brass ring and it shocked me to find out it wasn’t gold. A guy like me has one big moment in his life, one perfect swing on the high trapeze. Then he spends the rest of his time trying not to fall off the sidewalk into the gutter.”
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: “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: “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 was kind of girl who’d eat all your cashews and leave you with nothing but peanuts and filberts.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “When the plot flags, bring in a man with a gun.”
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 always find what I want. But when I find it, I don’t want it any more.”
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: “We were very much in love – the wild, mysterious, improbable kind of love that never comes but once.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “You can’t have everything, even in California.”
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: “Do you like orchids?’ ‘Not particularly,’ I said. The General half closed his eyes. ‘They are nasty things. Their flesh is too much like the flesh of men. And their perfume has the rotten sweetness of a prostitute.’ I.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “There is something compulsive about a telephone. The gadget-ridden man of our age loves it, loathes it, and is afraid of it. But he always treats it with respect, even when he is drunk. The telephone is a fetish.”
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 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: “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.”
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