Raymond Chandler Quotes

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 (1888-1959), U.S. author. Letter, November 15, 1951, to his New York literary agent Carl Brandt. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).
It is just possible that the tensions in a novel of murder are the simplest and yet most complete pattern of the tensions on which we live in this generation.
Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. letter, Oct. 17, 1948, to critic James Sandoe. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).
They don't want you until you have made a name, and by the time you have made a name, you have developed some kind of talent they can't use. All they will do is spoil it, if you let them.
Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. Letter, November 7, 1951, to editor Dale Warren. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).
A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.
Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. Letter, March 7, 1947. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).
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 (1888-1959), U.S. author. letter, Dec. 12, 1945, Atlantic Monthly (Boston). Raymond Chandler Speaking, eds. Dorothy Gardiner and Katherine S. Walker (1962). To Atlantic Monthly editor, Charles W. Morton, responding to criticism of Chandler's article Writers in Hollywood.
I am ... by tradition and long study a complete snob. P. Marlowe and I do not despise the upper classes because they take baths and have money; we despise them because they are phony.
Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. letter, Jan. 7, 1945, to editor Dale Warren. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).
Your rat tail is all the fashion now. I prefer a bushy plume, carried straight up. You are Siamese and your ancestors lived in trees. Mine lived in palaces. It has been suggested to me that I am a bit of a snob. How true! I prefer to be.
Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. letter, Christmas 1948, from Chandler's cat Taki to Mike Gibbud, Esq., "A Siamese Cat of imperfect blood line." Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).
I said something which gave you to think I hated cats. But gad, sir, I am one of the most fanatical cat lovers in the business. If you hate them, I may learn to hate you. If your allergies hate them, I will tolerate the situation to the best of my ability.
Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. letter, Jan. 26, 1950, to publisher Hamish Hamilton. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).
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 (1888-1959), U.S. author. Sewell Endicott, in The Long Goodbye, ch. 8 (1953).
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 (1888-1959), U.S. author. Terry Lennox, in The Long Goodbye, ch. 4 (1954).