Raymond Chandler Quotes

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Raymond Chandler

"Television's perfect. You turn a few knobs, a few of those mechanical adjustments at which the higher apes are so proficient, and lean back and drain your mind of all thought. And there you are watching the bubbles in the primeval ooze. You don't have to concentrate. You don't have to react. You don't have to remember. You don't miss your brain because you don't need it. Your heart and liver and lungs continue to function normally. Apart from that, all is peace and quiet. You are in the man's nirvana. And if some poor nasty minded person comes along and says you look like a fly on a can of garbage, pay him no mind. He probably hasn't got the price of a television set." Raymond Chandler
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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." Raymond Chandler
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Life    Writers And Writing   

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"I knew one thing: as soon as anyone said you didn't need a gun, you'd better take one along that worked." Raymond Chandler
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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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Alcohol And Alcoholism    American Writer   

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"The motion picture is like a picture of a lady in a half-piece bathing suit. If she wore a few more clothes, you might be intrigued. If she wore no clothes at all, you might be shocked. But the way it is, you are occupied with noticing that her knees are too bony and that her toenails are too large. The modern film tries too hard to be real. Its techniques of illusion are so perfect that it requires no contribution form the audience but a mouthful of popcorn." 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." Raymond Chandler
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American Writer    Justice   

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"I guess God made Boston on a wet Sunday." Raymond Chandler
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American Writer    Boston   

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"The boys with their feet on the desks know that the easiest murder case in the world to break is the one somebody tried to get very cute with; the one that really bothers them is the murder somebody only thought of two minutes before he pulled it off." Raymond Chandler
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"I regard psychiatry as fifty percent bunk, thirty percent fraud, ten percent parrot talk, and the remaining ten percent just a fancy lingo for the common sense we have had for hundreds and perhaps thousands of years, if we ever had the guts to read i" Raymond Chandler
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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 the tricks and has nothing to say" Raymond Chandler
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"It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window." 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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American Writer    Ideas   

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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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American Writer    Law   

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"The most durable thing in writing is style, and style is the most valuable investment a writer can make with his time. It pays off slowly, your agent will sneer at it, your publisher will misunderstand it, and it will take people you have never heard of to convince them by slow degrees that the writer who puts his individual mark on the way he writes will always pay off." Raymond Chandler
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"There is something about the literary life that repels me, all this desperate building of castles on cobwebs, the long-drawn acrimonious struggle to make something important which we all know will be gone forever in a few years, the miasma of failure which is to me almost as offensive as the cheap gaudiness of popular success." Raymond Chandler
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Life    Writers And Writing   

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"The overall picture, as the boys say, is of a degraded community whose idealism even is largely fake. The pretentiousness, the bogus enthusiasm, the constant drinking, the incessant squabbling over money, the all-pervasive agent, the strutting of the big shots (and their usually utter incompetence to achieve anything they start out to do), the constant fear of losing all this fairy gold and being the nothing they have never ceased to be, the snide tricks, the whole damn mess is out of this world." Raymond Chandler
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Boys    Hollywood   

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"From 30 feet away she looked like a lot of class. From 10 feet away she looked like something made up to be seen from 30 feet away." Raymond Chandler
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American Writer    Class   

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"The more you reason the less you create." Raymond Chandler
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"She jerked away from me like a startled fawn might, if I had a startled fawn and it jerked away from me." Raymond Chandler
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American Writer   

Raymond Chandler

"Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," Raymond Chandler
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"The agent never receipts his bill, puts his hat on and bows himself out. He stays around forever, not only for as long as you can write anything that anyone will buy, but as long as anyone will buy any portion of any right to anything that you ever did write. He just takes ten per cent of your life." Raymond Chandler
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