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Raymond Chandler Quotes

I hope you find these Raymond Chandler Quotes inspiring and motivational.

It is not a fragrant world.
- Raymond Chandler

Related topics: Society

I guess God made Boston on a wet Sunday.
- 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

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

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


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

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

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

I certainly admire people who do things.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She jerked away from me like a startled fawn might,
if I had a startled fawn and it jerked away from me.
- Raymond Chandler

A really good detective never gets married.
- 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's not whether you get knocked down;
it's whether you get back up.
- Vince Lombardi

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

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

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

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

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

Ah, not everything is as seems...
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

He who is not courageous enough to take risks
will accomplish nothing in life.
- Muhammad Ali

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

If not us, who, if not now, when?
- Anonymous

Our business in life is not to get ahead of others,
but to get ahead of ourselves.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Am I not destroying my enemies
when I make friends of them?
- Abraham Lincoln

Be not afraid of growing slowly,
be afraid only of standing still.
- Chinese Proverb

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

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you know what to do to reach your goal,
it's not a big enough goal.
- Bob Proctor

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

Excellence is not a destination to be arrived at,
but a path of continual attention and improvement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
- Robert H. Schuller

The key to everything is patience.
You get the chicken by hatching the egg,
not by smashing it open.
- Arnold H. Glasgow


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