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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: “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: “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: “California, the department store state.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “And the commercials would have sickened a goat raised on barbed wire and broken beer bottles.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I do a great deal of research – particularly in the apartments of tall blondes.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “In everything that can be called art there is a quality of redemption.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Shake your business up and pour it. I don’t have all day.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Great critics, of whom there are piteously few, build a home for the truth.”
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: “At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable.”
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: “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: “If you believe in an idea, you don’t own you, it owns you.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “As it is she will probably turn out to be one of these acid-faced virgins that sit behind little desks in public libraries and stamp dates in books.”
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: “You can’t have everything, even in California.”
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: “The flood of print has turned reading into a process of gulping rather than savoring.”
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: “Hemingway says somewhere that the good writer competes only with the dead.”
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: “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: “The coffee shop smell was strong enough to build a garage on. I went back to my desk, dropped the bottle of whiskey back into the drawer, shut the drawer and sat down again.”
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: “Do I have to be polite?” I asked. “Or can I just be natural?”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Her teeth had the nice shiny look that comes from standing all night in a glass of solution.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Let us never accept the point of view that mysteries are written by hacks. The poorest of us shed our blood over every chapter. The best of us start from scratch with every new book.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The creative artist seems to be almost the only kind of man that you could never meet on neutral ground. You can only meet him as an artist. He sees nothing objectively because his own ego is always in the foreground of every picture.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “He opened the rear door and I got in and sank down into the cushions and George slid under the wheel and started the big car. It moved away from the curb and around the corner with as much noise as a bill makes in a wallet.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Doctors are just people, born to sorrow, fighting the long grim fight like the rest of us.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I didn’t have anything really exiting to drink, like nitroglycerin or distilled tiger breath.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “There are no vital and significant forms of art; there is only art, and precious little of that.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The room was empty. It was full of silence and the memory of a nice perfume.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “All art at some time and in some manner becomes mass entertainment, and if it does not it dies and is forgotten.”
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: “Tall, aren’t you? I didn’t mean to be.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The house itself was not so much. It was smaller than Buckingham Palace, rather gray for California, and probably had fewer windows than the Chrysler Building.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Such a lot of guns around town and so few brains. You’re the second guy I’ve met within hours who seems to think a gat in the hand means a world by the tail.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “She was quite a doll. She wore a white belted raincoat, no hat, a well-cherished head of platinum hair, booties to match the raincoat, a folding plastic umbrella, a pair of blue-gray eyes that looked at me as if I had said a dirty word.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “When a book, any sort of book, reaches a certain intensity of artistic performance it becomes literature.”
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: “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: “Well, George Anson Phillips is a kind of pathetic case... He was the sort of cop who would be likely to hang a pinch on a chicken thief, if he saw the guy steal the chicken and the guy fell down running away and hit his head on a post or something and knocked himself out. Otherwise it might get a little tough and George would have to go back to the office for instructions.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “There are one hundred and ninety ways of being a bastard and Carne knew all of them.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “It is pretty obvious that the debasement of the human mind caused by a constant flow of fraudulent advertising is no trivial thing. There is more than one way to conquer a country.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I lit a cigarette and dragged a smoking stand beside the chair. The minutes went by on tiptoe, with their fingers to their lips. I looked the place over. You can’t tell anything about an outfit like that. They might be making millions, and they might have the sheriff in the back room, with his chair tilted against the safe.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “You mean something happened to him?” Her voice faded off into sort of a sad whisper, like a mortician asking for a down payment.”
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