Raymond Chandler Quotes


46 Raymond Chandler quotes:



"The kind of lawyer you hope the other fellow has."
"From 30 feet away she looked like a lot of class. From 10 feet away she looked like something made up to be seen from 30 feet away."
"He looked as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food."
"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."
"Common sense always speaks too late. Common sense is the guy who tells 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 gray suit who never makes a mistake in addition. But it's always somebody else's money he's adding up."
"Chess is the most elaborate waste of human intelligence outside of an advertising agency."
"Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency."
"That's one thing I like about Hollywood. The writer is there revealed in his ultimate corruption. He asks no praise, because his praise comes to him in the form of a salary check. In Hollywood the average writer is not young, not honest, not brave, and a bit overdressed. But he is darn good company, which book writers as a rule are not. He is better than what he writes. Most book writers are not as good."
"An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence."
"The motion picture made in Hollywood, if it is to create art at all, must do so within such strangling limitations of subject and treatment that it is a blind wonder it ever achieves any distinction beyond the purely mechanical slickness of a glass and chromium bathroom."
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: Hollywood Quotes
"So by all means let's have a television show quick and long, even if the commercial has to be delivered by a man in a white coat with a stethoscope hanging around his neck, selling ergot pills. After all the public is entitled to what it wants, isn't it? The Romans knew that and even they lasted four hundred years after they started to putrefy."
"The moment a man begins to talk about technique that's proof that he is fresh out of ideas."
"I certainly admire people who do things."
"The more you reason the less you create"
"He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food"
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: Food 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."
"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."
"She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket."
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: Smiles Quotes
"It is not a fragrant world."
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: Society Quotes
"The flood of print has turned reading into a process of gulping rather than savoring."



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