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Raymond Chandler Quote: “Newspapers are owned and published by rich men. Rich men all belong to the same club. Sure, there’s competition – hard tough competition for circulation, for newsbeats, for exclusive stories. Just so long as it doesn’t damage the prestige and privilege and position of the owners. If it does, down comes the lid.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Thick cunning played on her face, had no fun there and went somewhere else.”
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: “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: “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: “However toplofty and idealistic a man may be, he can always rationalize his right to earn money.”
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: “She was a cute as a washtub.”
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: “Her eyes ate me.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “He was a windblown blossom of some two hundred pounds with freckled teeth and the mellow voice of a circus barker. He was tough, fast and he ate red meat. Nobody could push him around. He was the kind of cop who spits on his blackjack every night instead of saying his prayers. But he had humorous eyes.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Common sense is the guy who tells you that you ought to have had your brakes relined last week before you smashed a front end this week. Common sense is the Monday morning quarterback who could have won the ball game if he had been on the team. But he never is. He’s high up in the stands with a flask on his hip. Common sense is the little man in a grey suit who never makes a mistake in addition. But it’s always someone else’s money he’s adding up.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Anybody home, son?” “You ought to know.” “How would I know?” “Go – yourself.” “That’s how people get false teeth.” He showed me his in a tight grin.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Uh-huh. Could be,′ I said. It was a spot for a paragraph of lucid prose. Henry Clarendon IV would have obliged. I didn’t have a damn thing more to say.”
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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “He explained civilization to me. I mean how it looks to him. He’s going to let it go on a little while longer. But it better be careful and not interfere with his private life. If it does, he’s apt to make a phone call to God and cancel the order.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Lace and ruffles, swords and coaches, elegance and leisure, duels and gallant death. All lies. They used perfume instead of soap, their teeth rotted because they never cleaned them, their fingernails smelled of stale gravy. The nobility of France urinated against the walls in the marble corridors of Versailles, and when you finally got several sets of underclothes off the lovely marquise the first thing you noticed was that she needed a bath.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I like games of chance, including women.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I suppose you do this to all the clients,” she said softly.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I used to like mine with champagne. The champagne as cold as Valley Forge and about a third of a glass of brandy beneath it.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “My opinion means nothing. It happens every day. The most unlikely people commit the most unlikely crimes. Nice old ladies poison whole families. Clean-cut kids commit multiple holdups and shootings. Bank managers with spotless records going back twenty years are found out to be long-term embezzlers. And successful and popular and supposedly happy novelists get drunk and put their wives in the hospital. We know damn little about what makes even our best friends tick.”
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: “Kind of smart guesser, ain’t you, young man? Can’t wait for folks to get their mouth open hardly.” “I’m sorry, Mrs. Morrison. This is an important matter to us – ” “This here young man don’t seem to have no trouble keepin’ his mouth in place.” “He’s married,” I said. “He’s had practice.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “It’s a sordid life, but I’m used to it.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “You were lucky about that gun. All the people we know have been playing with it, wiping prints off and putting them on. I even put a set on myself just to be fashionable.”
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: “He reached for the card without excitement, read it, turned it over and read the back with as much care as the front. There was nothing on the back to read.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Its big men are mostly little men with fancy offices and a lot of money. A great many of them are stupid little men, with reach-me-down brains, small-town arrogance and a sort of animal knack of smelling out the taste of the stupidest part of the public. They have played in luck so long that they have come to mistake luck for enlightenment.” – on Hollywood.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “It is just possible that the tensions in a novel of murder are the simplest and yet most complete pattern of the tensions on which we live in this generation.”
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: “Take it easy, Doc. Around here we only hit our wives in private.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I opened the other envelope. It contained a photograph of a girl. The pose suggested a natural ease, or a lot of experience in being photographed. It showed darkish hair which might possibly have been red, a wide clear forehead, serious eyes, high cheekbones, nervous nostrils and a mouth which was not giving anything away. It was a fine-drawn, almost a taut face, and not a happy one.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Oh sure, I’m her husband. That’s what the record says. I’m the three white steps and the bug green front door and the brass knocker you rap one long and two short and the maid lets you into the hundred-dollar whorehouse.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “Another longish pause. His eyelids were getting heavy. “Ever kill a man, Marlowe?” “Yes.” “Nasty feeling, isn’t it?” “Some people like it.” His eyes went shut all the way. Then they opened again, but they looked vague. “How could they?”
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: “I didn’t ask to see you. You sent for me. I don’t mind your ritzing me or drinking your lunch out of a Scotch bottle. I don’t mind your showing me your legs. They’re very swell legs and it’s a pleasure to make their acquaintance. I don’t mind if you don’t like my manners. They’re pretty bad. I grieve over them during the long winter evenings. But don’t waste your time trying to cross-examine me.”
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: “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: “The test of a writer is whether you want to read him again years after he should by the rules be dated.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “She thought. It was nice to watch her thinking. She still had her legs crossed, and still carelessly.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “California, the department-store state. The most of everything and the best of nothing. Here we go again.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “No trial, no sensational headlines, no mud-slinging just to sell newspapers without the slightest regard for truth or fair play or for the feelings of innocent people.”
Raymond Chandler Quote: “I was a swell guy. I enjoyed being me.”
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.”
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