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Raymond Chandler Quotes


46 Raymond Chandler quotes:



"Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid... He is the hero, he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor, by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world."
"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 passé before it gets into print."
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: Language Quotes
"Any man who can write a page of living prose adds something to our life, and the man who can, as I can, is surely the last to resent someone who can do it even better. An artist cannot deny art, nor would he want to. A lover cannot deny love."
"When a book, any sort of book, reaches a certain intensity of artistic performance it becomes literature. That intensity may be a matter of style, situation, character, emotional tone, or idea, or half a dozen other things. It may also be a perfection of control over the movement of a story similar to the control a great pitcher has over the ball."
"I do a great deal of research - particularly in the apartments of tall blondes"
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: Research Quotes
"He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food"
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: Food Quotes
"The keynote of American civilization is a sort of warm-hearted vulgarity. The Americans have none of the irony of the English, none of their cool poise, none of their manner. But they do have friendliness. Where an Englishman would give you his card, an American would very likely give you his shirt."
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: America Quotes
"She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket."
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: Smiles Quotes
"There are two kinds of truth; the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Without art science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery."
"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."
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: Fashion Quotes Cats Quotes
"The making of a picture ought surely to be a rather fascinating adventure. It is not; it is an endless contention of tawdry egos, some of them powerful, almost all of them vociferous, and almost none of them capable of anything much more creative than credit-stealing and self-promotion."
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: Adventure Quotes Cinema Quotes
"The more you reason the less you create"
"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."
"It's fairly obvious that American education is a cultural flop. Americans are not a well-educated people culturally, and their vocational education often has to be learned all over again after they leave school and college. On the other hand, they have open quick minds and if their education has little sharp positive value, it has not the stultifying effects of a more rigid training."
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: Education Quotes
"I knew one thing: as soon as anyone said you didn't need a gun, you'd better take one along that worked."
"I guess God made Boston on a wet Sunday."
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: American Writer Quotes Boston Quotes
"The more you reason the less you create."
"She jerked away from me like a startled fawn might, if I had a startled fawn and it jerked away from me."
"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."
"The flood of print has turned reading into a process of gulping rather than savoring."



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