Raymond Chandler quotes
American - Writer
Born: 23 Jul 1888
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.
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.
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.
The more you reason the less you create.
The flood of print has turned reading into a process of gulping rather than savoring.
When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.
When In Doubt
Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.
Television is just one more facet of that considerable segment of our society that never had any standard but the soft buck.
It is not a fragrant world.
An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.
The moment a man begins to talk about technique that's proof that he is fresh out of ideas.
I guess God made Boston on a wet Sunday.
I knew one thing: as soon as anyone said you didn't need a gun, you'd better take one along that worked.
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.
He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.
I do a great deal of research - particularly in the apartments of tall blondes.
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.
When I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split.
I certainly admire people who do things.
The creative artist seems to be almost the only kind of man that you could never meet on neutral ground. You can only meet him as an artist. He sees nothing objectively because his own ego is always in the foreground of every picture.
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.
The challenge of screenwriting is to say much in little and then take half of that little out and still preserve an effect of leisure and natural movement.
The streets were dark with something more than night.
A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.
She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket.
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.