Raymond Chandler


Raymond Chandler Quotes

  • ''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 (1888-1959), U.S. author. Letter, January 29, 1946, to crime novelist Erle Stanley Gardner. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).
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  • ''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 (1888-1959), U.S. author. letter, Dec. 16, 1944. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).
  • ''The moment a man sets his thoughts down on paper, however secretly, he is in a sense writing for publication.''
    Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. Working notes on the celebrated Julia Wallace murder case. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).
  • ''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 (1888-1959), U.S. author. Letter, June 23, 1950, to publisher Hamish Hamilton. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).
  • ''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.
  • ''Woe, woe, woe ... in a little while we shall all be dead. Therefore let us behave as though we were dead already.''
    Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. letter, Feb. 5, 1951, to publisher Hamish Hamilton. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).

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Best Poem of Raymond Chandler

The Unknown Love

When the evening sun is slanting,
When the crickets raise their chanting,
And the dewdrops lie a-twinkling on the grass,
As I climb the pathway slowly,
With a mien half proud, half lowly,
O'er the ground your feet have trod I gently pass.

Round the empty house I wander,
Where the ivy now is fonder
Of your memory than those long gone away;
And I feel a sweet affection
For the plant that lends protection
To the window whence you looked on me that day.

Was it love or recognition,
When you stormed my weak position
And made prisoner my heart for ...

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The Unknown Love

When the evening sun is slanting,
When the crickets raise their chanting,
And the dewdrops lie a-twinkling on the grass,
As I climb the pathway slowly,
With a mien half proud, half lowly,
O'er the ground your feet have trod I gently pass.

Round the empty house I wander,
Where the ivy now is fonder

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