Raymond Chandler Quotes

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Alcohol is like love. The first kiss is magic, the second is intimate, the third is routine. After that you take the girl's clothes off. -Raymond Chandler
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He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food. -Raymond Chandler
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Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency. -Raymond Chandler
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She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket. -Raymond Chandler
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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. -Raymond Chandler
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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
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The more you reason the less you create -Raymond Chandler
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If you liked a book, don't meet the author -Raymond Chandler
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However toplofty and idealistic a man may be, he can always rationalize his right to earn money. -Raymond Chandler
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If you're not tough it's hard to survive in this world; and if you're not kind then you don't deserve to survive. -Raymond Chandler
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The English may not always be the best writers in the world, but they are incomparably the best dull writers. -Raymond Chandler
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Hollywood is wonderful. Anyone who doesn't like it is either crazy or sober. -Raymond Chandler
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Most people go through life using up half their energy trying to protect a dignity they never had -Raymond Chandler
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At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable. -Raymond Chandler
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A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose's lime juice  and nothing else. -Raymond Chandler
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To say goodbye is to die a little. -Raymond Chandler
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down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid... -Raymond Chandler
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A check girl in peach-bloom Chinese pajamas came over to take my hat and disapprove of my clothes. She had eyes like strange sins. -Raymond Chandler
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You're broke, eh?
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Just keep your nose clean and everything will be jake. -Raymond Chandler
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There are two kinds of truth; The truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The fist of these is science and the second is art. -Raymond Chandler
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His laugh and his voice were both pleasant. He talked the way New Yorkers used to talk before they learned to talk Flatbush. -Raymond Chandler
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She poured us some more Scotch. It didn't seem to affect her any more than water affects Boulder Dam. -Raymond Chandler
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I went out the kitchen to make coffee - yards of coffee. Rich, strong, bitter, boiling hot, ruthless, depraved. The life blood of tired men. -Raymond Chandler
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In everything that can be called art there is a quality of redemption. It may be pure tragedy, if it is high tragedy, and it may be pity and irony, and it may be the raucous laughter of the strong man. But down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. The detective in this kind of story must be such a man. 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 not care much about his private life; he is neither a eunuch nor a satyr; I think he might seduce a duchess and I am quite sure he would not spoil a virgin; if he is a man of honor in one thing, he is that in all things. He is a relatively poor man, or he would not be a detective at all. He is a common man or he could not go among common people. He has a sense of character, or he would not know his job. He will take no man's money dishonestly and no man's insolence without due and dispassionate revenge. He is a lonely man and his pride is that you will treat him as a proud man or be very sorry you ever saw him. He talks as the man of his age talks - that is, with rude wit, a lively sense of the grotesque, a disgust for sham, and a contempt for pettiness. The story is the man's adventure in search of a hidden truth, and it would be no adventure if it did not happen to a man fit for adventure. He has a range of awareness that startles you, but it belongs to him by right, because it belongs to the world he lives in. If there were enough like him, the world would be a very safe place to live in, without becoming too dull to be worth living in.

Raymond Chandler
He didn't know the right people. That's all a police record means in this rotten crime-ridden country. -Raymond Chandler
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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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