Raymond Chandler Quotes


46 Raymond Chandler 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
"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."
"It is pretty obvious that the debasement of the human mind caused by a constant flow of fraudulent advertising is no trivial thing. There is more than one way to conquer a country."
"It is not a fragrant world."
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: Society Quotes
"An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence."
"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
"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
"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."
"The more you reason the less you create"
"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."
"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
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Television is just one more facet of that considerable segment of our society that never had any standard but the soft buck."
"He looked as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food."



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