Quotes by Raymond Chandler

A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.
– Raymond Chandler
A really good detective never gets married.
– Raymond Chandler
Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
– 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
At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable.
– 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
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
He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.
– Raymond Chandler
I guess God made Boston on a wet Sunday.
– 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
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
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
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
It is not a fragrant world.
– 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
It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window.
– Raymond Chandler
She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket.
– 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
Some are able and humane men and some are low-grade individuals with the morals of a goat, the artistic integrity of a slot machine, and the manners of a floorwalker with delusions of grandeur.
– 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