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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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.
[Raymond Chandler]

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If you liked a book, don't meet the author
[Literature] [Raymond Chandler]

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

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The moment a man begins to talk about technique that's proof that he is fresh out of ideas.
[Raymond Chandler] [Fresh]

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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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Chess is the most elaborate waste of human intelligence outside of an advertising agency.
[Intelligence] [Raymond Chandler]

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Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.
[Intelligence] [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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There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren't as good as others.
[Raymond Chandler]

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Throw up into your typewriter every morning. Clean up every noon.
[Writing] [Raymond Chandler] [Revision]

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A man who drinks too much on occasion is still the same man as he was sober. An alcoholic, a real alcoholic, is not the same man at all. You can't predict anything about him for sure except that he will be someone you never met before.
[Drinking] [Alcoholism] [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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He was a guy who talked with commas, like a heavy novel. Over the phone anyway.
[Raymond Chandler] [Noir] [Hard Boiled]

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I'm an occasional drinker, the kind of guy who goes out for a beer and wakes up in Singapore with a full beard.
[Raymond Chandler] [Dicks]

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I hung up. It was a good start, but it didn?t go far enough. I ought to have locked the door and hidden under the desk.
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California, the department store state.
[Raymond Chandler]

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The main hallway of the Sternwood place was two stories high. Over the entrance doors, which would have let in a troop of Indian elephants, there was a broad stained-glass panel showing a knight in dark armor rescuing a lady who was tied to a tree and didn?t have any clothes on but some very long and convenient hair. The knight had pushed the vizor of his helmet back to be sociable, and he was fiddling with the knots on the ropes that tied the lady to the tree and not getting anywhere. I stood there and thought that if I lived in the house, I would sooner or later have to climb up there and help him. He didn?t seem to be really trying.
[Efficiency] [Raymond Chandler] [Knights] [Propriety] [Rescue] [Damsels]

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All men who read escape from something else into what lies behind the printed page; the quality of the dream may be argued, but its release has become a functional necessity.
[Raymond Chandler]