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Raymond Chandler Quotes and Sayings

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It is not a fragrant world.
- Raymond Chandler

Related topics: Society

Ability is what you're capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.
- Raymond Chandler

The English may not always be the best writers in the world,
but they are incomparably the best dull writers.
- Raymond Chandler

She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket.
- Raymond Chandler

 

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

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

Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence
as you can find outside an advertising agency.
- 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

The streets were dark with something more than night.
- Raymond Chandler

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.
- Raymond Chandler

The moment a man sets his thoughts down on paper,
however secretly, he is in a sense writing for publication.
- Raymond Chandler

I do a great deal of research - particularly in the
apartments of tall blondes.
- Raymond Chandler

The more you reason the less you create.
- Raymond Chandler

At least half the mystery novels published violate
the law that the solution,
once revealed, must seem to be inevitable.
- Raymond Chandler

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.
- Raymond Chandler

The moment a man begins to talk about technique that's
proof that he is fresh out of ideas.
- Raymond Chandler

Television is just one more facet of that considerable
segment of our society that never had any standard but the soft buck.
- Raymond Chandler

When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.
- Raymond Chandler

I certainly admire people who do things.
- Raymond Chandler

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

A really good detective never gets married.
- Raymond Chandler

The flood of print has turned reading into a process
of gulping rather than savoring.
- Raymond Chandler

I guess God made Boston on a wet Sunday.
- Raymond Chandler

An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of
any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.
- Raymond Chandler

He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.
- Raymond Chandler

Woe, woe, woe...
in a little while we shall all be dead.
Therefore let us behave as though we were dead already.
- Raymond Chandler

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.
- Raymond Chandler

A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.
- Raymond Chandler

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

When I split an infinitive, God damn it,
I split it so it will stay split.
- Raymond Chandler

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Raymond Chandler

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Do or do not, there is no try.
- Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

What you leave behind is not what
is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
- Pericles

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


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