Quotes by Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler

American writer

Lived from: 1888 - 1959

Category: Writers (Contemporary) Country: FlagUnited States

Born: 23 july 1888 Died: 26 march 1959

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  • A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.
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  • A good title is the title of a successful book.
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  • A really good detective never gets married.
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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.
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  • An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.
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  • Any man who can write a page of living prose adds something to our life, and the man who can, as I can, is surely the last to resent someone who can do it even better. An artist cannot deny art, nor would he want to. A lover cannot deny love.
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  • At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable.
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  • Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic.
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  • He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.
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  • However toplofty and idealistic a man may be, he can always rationalize his right to earn money.
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  • I said something which gave you to think I hated cats. But gad, sir, I am one of the most fanatical cat lovers in the business. If you hate them, I may learn to hate you. If your allergies hate them, I will tolerate the situation to the best of my ability.
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  • 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.
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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.
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  • Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.
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  • She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket.
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  • 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.
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  • Such is the brutalization of commercial ethics in this country that no one can feel anything more delicate than the velvet touch of a soft buck.
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