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Quotations From RAYMOND CHANDLER

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  • 1.
    What is a life or two, Guy! Some people are better off dead. Like your wife and my father, for instance.
    Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. screenwriter, Czenzi Ormonde, and Alfred Hitchcock. Bruno Antony (Robert Walker), Strangers on a Train, proposing a plot to swap murders (1951). Adaptation by Whitfield Cooke from the novel by Patricia Highsmith.

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  • 2.
    I certainly admire people who do things.
    Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. screenwriter, Czenzi Ormonde, and Alfred Hitchcock. Bruno Antony (Robert Walker), Strangers on a Train, to professional tennis player Guy Haines (1951). Adaptation by Whitfield Cooke from the novel by Patricia Highsmith.

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  • 3.
    A really good detective never gets married.
    Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. First published in Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962). "Casual Notes on the Mystery Novel," (1949).
  • 4.
    The keynote of American civilization is a sort of warm-hearted vulgarity. The Americans have none of the irony of the English, none of their cool poise, none of their manner. But they do have friendliness. Where an Englishman would give you his card, an American would very likely give you his shirt.
    Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. "Beginning of an Essay," The Notebooks of Raymond Chandler (1976).

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  • 5.
    When I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split.
    Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. letter, Jan. 18, 1947, to his editor Edward Weeks. Life of Raymond Chandler, ch. 7, F. MacShane (1976).

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  • 6.
    The motion picture made in Hollywood, if it is to create art at all, must do so within such strangling limitations of subject and treatment that it is a blind wonder it ever achieves any distinction beyond the purely mechanical slickness of a glass and chromium bathroom.
    Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. "Oscar Night in Hollywood," Sight and Sound (1982).
  • 7.
    The private detective of fiction is a fantastic creation who acts and speaks like a real man. He can be completely realistic in every sense but one, that one sense being that in life as we know it such a man would not be a private detective.
    Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. Letter, April 19, 1951. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).

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  • 8.
    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 passé before it gets into print.
    Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. Letter, March 18, 1949. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).
  • 9.
    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.
    Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. Letter, May 13, 1949, to publisher Hamish Hamilton. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).
  • 10.
    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 (1888-1959), U.S. author. Letter, June 2, 1947, to editor Dale Warren. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962). Commenting on publishers.
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