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Raymond Chandler Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated May 2021
Raymond Chandler Topics
Law And Lawyers
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.
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
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
If you liked a book, don't meet the author
He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food
Woe, woe, woe... in a little while we shall all be dead. Therefore let us behave as though we were dead already.
When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.
When I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split.
The streets were dark with something more than night.
The more you reason the less you create.
The moment a man sets his thoughts down on paper, however secretly, he is in a sense writing for publication.
The moment a man begins to talk about technique that's proof that he is fresh out of ideas.
The minute you try to talk business with him he takes the attitude that he is a gentleman and a scholar, and the moment you try to approach him on the level of his moral integrity he starts to talk business.
The flood of print has turned reading into a process of gulping rather than savoring.
The English may not always be the best writers in the world, but they are incomparably the best dull writers.
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.
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.
She jerked away from me like a startled fawn might, if I had a startled fawn and it jerked away from me.
She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket.
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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