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Raymond Chandler Quote: “She was the music heard faintly on the edge of sound.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “One would think a writer would be happy here – if a writer is every happy anywhere.”
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: “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. Light.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “We were very much in love – the wild, mysterious, improbable kind of love that never comes but once.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The latter think the shortest distance between two points is from a blonde to a bed.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Writers who have the vision and the ability to produce real fiction do not produce unreal fiction.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “All language begins with speech, and the speech of common men at that, but when it develops to the point of becoming a literary medium it only looks like speech.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Such a nice escort, Mr. Cobb. So attentive. You should see him sober. I should see him sober. Somebody should see him sober. I mean, just for the record. So it could become a part of history, that brief flashing moment, soon buried in time, but never forgotten – when Larry Cobb was sober.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “His laugh and his voice were both pleasant. He talked the way New Yorkers used to talk before they learned to talk Flatbush.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I drove on through the piled masses of granite and down through the meadows of coarse grass where cows grazed. The same gaudy slacks and short shorts and peasant handkerchiefs as yesterday, the same light breeze and golden sun and clear blue sky, the same smell of pine needles, the same cool softness of a mountain summer. But yesterday was a hundred years ago, something crystallized in time, like a fly in amber.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “However toplofty and idealistic a man may be, he can always rationalize his right to earn money.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I looked at her again. She lay still now, her face pale against the pillow, her eyes large and dark and empty as rain barrels in a drought. One of her small five-fingered thumbless hands picked at the cover restlessly. There was a vague glimmer of doubt starting to get born in her somewhere. She didn’t know about it yet. It’s so hard for women – even nice women – to realise that their bodies are not irresistible.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “She was a cute as a washtub.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I’ve found that there are only two kinds that are any good: slang that has established itself in the language, and slang that you make up yourself. Everything else is apt to be passe before it gets into print.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “But nothing seems to do any good.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Guns never settle anything, I said. They are just a fast curtain to a bad second act.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Wherever I went, whatever I did, this was what I would come back to. A blank wall in a meaningless room in a meaningless house.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “They are what human beings turn into when they trade life for existence and ambition for security.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “So I got out my office bottle and took the drink and let my self-respect ride its own race.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “She was thinking. i could see, even on that short acquaintance, that thinking was always going to be a bother for her.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I looked at my watch. Nine fifty-four. Time to go home and get your slippers on and play over a game of chess. Time for a tall cool drink and a long quiet pipe. Time to sit with your feet up and think of nothing. Time to start yawning over your magazine. Time to be a human being, a householder, a man with nothing to do but rest and suck in the night air and rebuild the brain for tomorrow.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I got down there about nine, under a hard high October moon that lost itself in the top layers of a beach fog.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The next hour was three hours long.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “It’s a swell theory,” I said. “Marriott socked me, took the money, then he got sorry and beat his brains out, after first burying the money under a bush.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “You can’t tell a doper well under control from a vegetarian book-keeper.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “No border town is anything but a border town, just as no waterfront is anything but a waterfront.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “It was a nice face, a face you get to like. Pretty, but not so pretty that you would have to wear brass knuckles every time you took it out.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “One moment, please. Whom did you wish to see?” Degarmo spun on his heel and looked at me wonderingly. “Did he say ‘whom’?” “Yeah, but don’t hit him,” I said. “There is such a word.” Degarmo licked his lips. “I knew there was,” he said. “I often wondered where they kept it.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “He turned and walked across the floor and out. I watched the door close. I listened to his steps going away down the imitation marble corridor. After a while they got faint, then they got silent. I kept on listening anyway.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I’m a copper,” he said. “Just a plain ordinary copper. Reasonably honest. As honest as you could expect a man to be in a world where it’s out of style.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Maybe we all get like this in the cold half-lit world where always the wrong thing happens and never the right.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Go ahead and faint,” I said. “I’ll catch you on the first bounce.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The pursuit of knowledge, brother, is the askin’ of many questions.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Time makes everything mean and shabby and wrinkled. The tragedy of life, Howard, is not that the beautiful things die young, but that they grow old and mean.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I suppose you do this to all the clients,” she said softly.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I went down to the lobby and slipped the catch and then took a shower and put my pajamas on and lay down on the bed. I could have slept for a week. I dragged myself up off the bed again and set the catch on the door, which I had forgotten to do, and walked through a deep hard snowdrift out to the kitchenette and laid out glasses and a bottle of liqueur Scotch I had been saving for a really high-class seduction.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The actual writing is what you live for. The rest is something you have to get through in order to arrive at the point.”
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: “I think you are a very stupid person. You look stupid. You are in a stupid business. And you came here on a stupid mission.” “I get it,” I said. “I’m stupid. It sank in after a while.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Don’t kid yourself. You’re a dirty low-down detective. Kiss me.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “She came back with the glass and her fingers, cold from holding the glass, touched mine, and I held them for a moment and then let them go slowly, as you let go of a dream when you wake with the sun in your face and you have been in an enchanted valley.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The law is where you buy it and what you pay for it.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “She sighed. “All men are the same.” “So are all women – after the first nine.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I guess you can snap her garter any time you want to, without much of a struggle. But there’s one thing you can be sure of – you’re a late comer to the show.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Dames lie about anything – just for practice.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The law enforcement in this town is terrific. All through prohibition Eddie Mars’ place was a night club and they had two uniformed men in the lobby every night-to see that the guests didn’t bring their own liquor instead of buying it from the house.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “A man who indulges in parenthood for the first time at the age of fifty-four deserves all he gets.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “You just slept the big sleep, not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “However hard I try to be nice I always end up with my nose in the dirt and my thumb feeling for somebody’s eye.”
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