Raymond Chandler Quotes

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If my books had been any worse, I should not have been invited to Hollywood, and if they had been any better, I should not have come.
[Books] [Raymond Chandler]

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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.
[Movies] [Raymond Chandler]

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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.
[Law And Lawyers] [Raymond Chandler]

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To say goodbye is to die a little.
[Life] [Change] [Raymond Chandler] [Romantics]

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However toplofty and idealistic a man may be, he can always rationalize his right to earn money.
[Money] [Raymond Chandler]

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The girl gave him a look which ought to have stuck at least four inches out of his back.
[Raymond Chandler] [Mysteries]

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I was neat, clean, shaved and sober and I didn't care who knew it.
[Raymond Chandler]

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It seemed like a nice neighborhood to have bad habits in.
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As honest as you can expect a man to be in a world where its going out of style.
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I merely say that all reading for pleasure is escape, whether it be Greek, mathematics, astronomy, Benedetto Croce, or The Diary of the Forgotten Man. To say otherwise is to be an intellectual snob, and a juvenile at the art of living.
[Raymond Chandler]

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A writer who is afraid to overreach himself is as useless as a general who is afraid to be wrong.
[Imagination] [Raymond Chandler] [Hyperbole]

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Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes just a little away from his need or desire to write at all. In the end he knows all of the tricks and has nothing to say.
[Writing] [Raymond Chandler]

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A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.
[Writing] [Raymond Chandler]

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It was about eleven o'clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark little clocks on them. I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn't care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars.
[Raymond Chandler]

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Technique alone is never enough. You have to have passion. Technique alone is just an embroidered potholder.
[Raymond Chandler]

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The French have a phrase for it. The bastards have a phrase for everything and they are always right. To say goodbye is to die a little.
[Raymond Chandler]

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The faster I write the better my output. If I'm going slow, I'm in trouble. It means I'm pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.
[Raymond Chandler]

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I'm in a wild mood tonight. I want to go dance in the foam. I hear the banshees calling.
[Raymond Chandler]

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California, the department store state.
[Raymond Chandler]

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Under the thinning fog the surf curled and creamed, almost without sound, like a thought trying to form inself on the edge of consciousness.
[Thought] [Ocean] [Raymond Chandler] [Fog] [Surf]