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Raymond Chandler Quote: “There are days like that. Everybody you meet is a dope. You begin to look at yourself in the glass and wonder.”
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: “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: “The voice on the telephone seemed to be sharp and peremptory, but I didn’t hear too well what it said, partly because I was only half awake and partly because I was holding the receiver upside down.”
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: “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: “A man who indulges in parenthood for the first time at the age of fifty-four deserves all he gets.”
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: “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: “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.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Go ahead and faint,” I said. “I’ll catch you on the first bounce.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Hemingway says somewhere that the good writer competes only with the dead.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “The room was empty. It was full of silence and the memory of a nice perfume.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Whoever had done it had meant business. Dead men are heavier than broken hearts.”
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: “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: “Javonen smiled – very slightly. Call it a down payment on a smile.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Her teeth had the nice shiny look that comes from standing all night in a glass of solution.”
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 challenge of screenwriting is to say much in little and then take half of that little out and still preserve an effect of leisure and natural movement.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “It is a language which is being molded by writers to do delicate things and yet be in the grasp of superficially educated people.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Thick cunning played on her face, had no fun there and went somewhere else.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “She wore a steel gray business suit and under the jacket a dark blue shirt and a man’s tie of lighter shade. The edges of the folded handkerchief in the breast pocket looked sharp enough to slice bread.”
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 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: “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: “It’s a sordid life, but I’m used to it.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “He was California from the tips of his port wine loafers to the buttoned and tieless brown and yellow checked shirt inside his rough cream sports jacket.”
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: “Suddenly, without any real change in her, she ceased to be beautiful. She looked merely like a woman who would have been dangerous a hundred years ago, and twenty years ago daring, but who today was just Grade B Hollywood.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “We live in what is called a democracy, rule by the majority of the people. A fine ideal if it could be made to work. The people elect, but the party machines nominate, and the party machines to be effective must spend a great deal of money. Somebody has to give it to them, and that somebody, whether it be an individual, a financial group, a trade union or what have you, expects some consideration in return.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Tsk, tsk,” I said, not moving at all. “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. Put it down and don’t be silly, Joe.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Don’t kid yourself. You’re a dirty low-down detective. Kiss me.”
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: “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: “They never tell you why they are doing anything. That way you don’t find out they don’t know themselves.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “She was wearing a brown tailor-made and from a strap over her shoulder hung one of those awkward-looking square bags that make you think of a Sister of Mercy taking first aid to the wounded.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Sheriff Petersen just went right on getting re-elected, a living testimonial to the fact that you can hold an important public office forever in our country with no qualifications for it but a clean nose, a photogenic face and a close mouth. If on top of that you look good on a horse, you are unbeatable.”
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 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: “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: “She sighed. “All men are the same.” “So are all women – after the first nine.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “All she did was take her hand out of her bag, with a gun in it. All she did was point it at me and smile. All I did was nothing.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “It was about eleven o’clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark blue clocks on them. I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn’t care who knew it.”
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: “The pebbled glass door panel is lettered in flaked black paint: “Philip Marlowe... Investigations.” It is a reasonably shabby door at the end of a reasonably shabby corridor in the sort of building that was new about the year the all-tile bathroom became the basis of civilization. The door is locked, but next to it is another door with same legend which is not locked. Come on in – there’s nobody here but me an a big bluebottle fly. But not if you’re from Manhattan, Kansas.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “No border town is anything but a border town, just as no waterfront is anything but a waterfront.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Her eyes ate me.”
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