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A good title is the title of a successful book.
~ Raymond Chandler | ( U.S. writer of detective fiction. ) | 1888-1959 | Books
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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.
-: [ The Long Goodbye (1954) ]
~ Raymond Chandler | ( U.S. writer of detective fiction. ) | 1888-1959 | Alcoholism
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At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable.
-: [ Casual Notes on the Mystery Novel (essay, 1949), first published in Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962) ]
~ Raymond Chandler | ( U.S. writer of detective fiction. ) | 1888-1959 | Books
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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.
~ Raymond Chandler | ( U.S. writer of detective fiction. ) | 1888-1959 | Criticism
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He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.
~ Raymond Chandler | ( U.S. writer of detective fiction. ) | 1888-1959 | Appearance
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However toplofty and idealistic a man may be, he can always rationalize his right to earn money.
~ Raymond Chandler | ( U.S. writer of detective fiction. ) | 1888-1959 | Money
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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.
~ Raymond Chandler | ( U.S. writer of detective fiction. ) | 1888-1959 | Advertising
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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.
~ Raymond Chandler | ( U.S. writer of detective fiction. ) | 1888-1959 | Criticism
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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.
~ Raymond Chandler | ( U.S. writer of detective fiction. ) | 1888-1959 | Criticism
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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 | ( U.S. writer of detective fiction. ) | 1888-1959 | Television
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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.
~ Raymond Chandler | ( U.S. writer of detective fiction. ) | 1888-1959 | Business
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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.
~ Raymond Chandler | ( U.S. writer of detective fiction. ) | 1888-1959 | Art
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The keynote of American civilization is a sort of warm-hearted vulgarity. The Americans have none of the irony of the English, none of their cool poise, none of their manner. But they do have friendliness. Where an Englishman would give you his card, an American would very likely give you his shirt.
~ Raymond Chandler | ( U.S. writer of detective fiction. ) | 1888-1959 | America
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The kind of lawyer you hope the other fellow has.
~ Raymond Chandler | ( U.S. writer of detective fiction. ) | 1888-1959 | Law
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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 | ( U.S. writer of detective fiction. ) | 1888-1959 | Law
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The making of a picture ought surely to be a rather fascinating adventure. It is not; it is an endless contention of tawdry egos, some of them powerful, almost all of them vociferous, and almost none of them capable of anything much more creative than credit-stealing and self-promotion.
~ Raymond Chandler | ( U.S. writer of detective fiction. ) | 1888-1959 | Cinema
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There are people who can write their memoirs with a reasonable amount of honesty, and there are people who simply cannot take themselves seriously enough. I think I might be the first to admit that the sort of reticence which prevents a man from exploiting his own personality is really an inverted sort of egotism.
~ Raymond Chandler | ( U.S. writer of detective fiction. ) | 1888-1959 | Autobiography
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What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a dirty sump or in a marble tower on top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that. Oil and water were the same as wind and air to you.
~ Raymond Chandler | ( U.S. writer of detective fiction. ) | 1888-1959 | Death
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Woe, woe, woe... in a little while we shall all be dead. Therefore let us behave as though we were dead already.
~ Raymond Chandler | ( U.S. writer of detective fiction. ) | 1888-1959 | Death
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