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Raymond Chandler – 12 Quotes

 

12 Quotes by Raymond Chandler

 

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

– 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


Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

– 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


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

– Raymond Chandler


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

– Raymond Chandler


Chess is the most elaborate waste of human intelligence outside of an advertising agency.

– 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


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


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

– Raymond Chandler


It is not a fragrant world.

– 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