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 :: 1888-1959, American Author

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I've found that there are only two kinds that are any good: slang that has established itself in the language, and slang that you make up yourself. Everything else is apt to be passT before it gets into print.
~ Raymond Chandler - [Slang]

 

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

 

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A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.
~ Raymond Chandler - [Story and Story-Telling]

 

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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.
~ Raymond Chandler - [Style]

 

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

 

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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 - [Television]

 

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Television's perfect. You turn a few knobs, a few of those mechanical adjustments at which the higher apes are so proficient, and lean back and drain your mind of all thought. And there you are watching the bubbles in the primeval ooze. You don't have to concentrate. You don't have to react. You don't have to remember. You don't miss your brain because you don't need it. Your heart and liver and lungs continue to function normally. Apart from that, all is peace and quiet. You are in the man's nirvana. And if some poor nasty minded person comes along and says you look like a fly on a can of garbage, pay him no mind. He probably hasn't got the price of a television set.
~ Raymond Chandler - [Television]

 

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An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.
~ Raymond Chandler - [Poetry and Poets]

 

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A really good detective never gets married.
~ Raymond Chandler - [Police]

 

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In jail a man has no personality. He is a minor disposal problem and a few entries on reports. Nobody cares who loves or hates him, what he looks like, what he did with his life. Nobody reacts to him unless he gives trouble. Nobody abuses him. All that is asked of him is that he go quietly to the right cell and remain quiet when he gets there. There is nothing to fight against, nothing to be mad at. The jailers are quiet men without animosity or sadism. All this stuff you read about men yelling and screaming, beating against the bars, running spoons along them, guards rushing in with clubs -- all that is for the big house. A good jail is one of the quietest places in the world. Life in jail is in suspension.
~ Raymond Chandler - [Prison]

 

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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.
~ Raymond Chandler - [Public]

 

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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 - [Publishing and Publishers]

 

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The more you reason the less you create.
~ Raymond Chandler - [Reason]

 

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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.
~ Raymond Chandler - [Science and Scientists]

 

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It is a mass language only in the same sense that its baseball slang is born of baseball players. That is, it is a language which is being molded by writers to do delicate things and yet be within the grasp of superficially educated people. It is not a natural growth, much as its proletarian writers would like to think so. But compared with it at its best, English has reached the Alexandrian stage of formalism and decay.
~ Raymond Chandler - [Language]

 

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The kind of lawyer you hope the other fellow has.
~ Raymond Chandler - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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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 - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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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.
~ Raymond Chandler - [Literature]

 

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However toplofty and idealistic a man may be, he can always rationalize his right to earn money.
~ Raymond Chandler - [Money]

 

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The boys with their feet on the desks know that the easiest murder case in the world to break is the one somebody tried to get very cute with; the one that really bothers them is the murder somebody only thought of two minutes before he pulled it off.
~ Raymond Chandler - [Murder]

 

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