Raymond Chandler Quotes


46 Raymond Chandler quotes:



"He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food."
"I certainly admire people who do things."
"I do a great deal of research - particularly in the apartments of tall blondes."
"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."
"I knew one thing: as soon as anyone said you didn't need a gun, you'd better take one along that worked."
"The law isn't justice. It's a very imperfect mechanism. If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may show up in the answer. A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be."
"I guess God made Boston on a wet Sunday."
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: American Writer Quotes Boston Quotes
"The moment a man begins to talk about technique that's proof that he is fresh out of ideas."
"At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable."
"Its idea of ''production value'' is spending a million dollars dressing up a story that any good writer would throw away. Its vision of the rewarding movie is a vehicle for some glamour-puss with two expressions and eighteen changes of costume, or for some male idol of the muddled millions with a permanent hangover, six worn-out acting tricks, the build of a lifeguard, and the mentality of a chicken-strangler."
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: Hollywood Quotes
"Some are able and humane men and some are low-grade individuals with the morals of a goat, the artistic integrity of a slot machine, and the manners of a floorwalker with delusions of grandeur."
"They don't want you until you have made a name, and by the time you have made a name, you have developed some kind of talent they can't use. All they will do is spoil it, if you let them."
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: Hollywood Quotes
"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
"There are people who can write their memoirs with a reasonable amount of honesty, and there are people who simply cannot take themselves seriously enough. I think I might be the first to admit that the sort of reticence which prevents a man from exploiting his own personality is really an inverted sort of egotism."
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: Honesty Quotes
"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."
"I do a great deal of research - particularly in the apartments of tall blondes"
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: Research Quotes
"It is a mass language only in the same sense that its baseball slang is born of baseball players. That is, it is a language which is being molded by writers to do delicate things and yet be within the grasp of superficially educated people. It is not a natural growth, much as its proletarian writers would like to think so. But compared with it at its best, English has reached the Alexandrian stage of formalism and decay."
Author: Chandler Quotes Category: Language Quotes
"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
"The kind of lawyer you hope the other fellow has."



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