Raymond Chandler

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Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler

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.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I said something which gave you to think I hated cats. But gad, sir, I am one of the most fanatical cat lovers in the business. If you hate them, I may learn to hate you. If your allergies hate them, I will tolerate the situation to the best of my ability.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A good title is the title of a successful book.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Would you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like the way a Swiss waiter talks, and that when I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split, and when I interrupt the velvety smoothness of my more or less literate syntax with a few sudden words of bar-room vernacular, that is done with the eyes wide open and the mind relaxed but attentive.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Woe, woe, woe... in a little while we shall all be dead. Therefore let us behave as though we were dead already.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Your rat tail is all the fashion now. I prefer a bushy plume, carried straight up. You are Siamese and your ancestors lived in trees. Mine lived in palaces. It has been suggested to me that I am a bit of a snob. How true! I prefer to be.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Some are able and humane men and some are low-grade individuals with the morals of a goat, the artistic integrity of a slot machine, and the manners of a floorwalker with delusions of grandeur.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When a book, any sort of book, reaches a certain intensity of artistic performance it becomes literature. That intensity may be a matter of style, situation, character, emotional tone, or idea, or half a dozen other things. It may also be a perfection of control over the movement of a story similar to the control a great pitcher has over the ball.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The kind of lawyer you hope the other fellow has.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
However toplofty and idealistic a man may be, he can always rationalize his right to earn money.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A really good detective never gets married.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There are two kinds of truth; the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Without art science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The reading public is intellectually adolescent at best, and it is obvious that what is called significant literature will only be sold to this public by exactly the same methods as are used to sell it toothpaste, cathartics and automobiles.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.More Raymond Chandler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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