Raymond Chandler Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old raymond chandler quotes, raymond chandler sayings, and raymond chandler proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Raymond Chandler

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

Raymond Chandler

A really good detective never gets married.     

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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.     

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There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren't as good as others.     

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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.     

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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.     

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It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.     

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There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren't as good as others.     

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Television is just one more facet of that considerable segment of our society that never had any standard but the soft buck.     

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The moment a man begins to talk about technique that's proof that he is fresh out of ideas.     

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There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren't as good as others.     

Raymond Chandler

There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren't as good as others.     

Raymond Chandler

You can always tell a detective on TV. He never takes his hat off.     

Raymond Chandler

A really good detective never gets married.     

Raymond Chandler

When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.     

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The flood of print has turned reading into a process of gulping rather than savoring.     

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A good title is the title of a successful book.     

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A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose's lime juice and nothing else.     

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The challenge of screenwriting is to say much in little and then take half of that little out and still preserve an effect of leisure and natural movement.     

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The streets were dark with something more than night.     

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

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The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous.     

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Woe, woe, woe... in a little while we shall all be dead. Therefore let us behave as though we were dead already.     

Raymond Chandler