He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.

Raymond Chandler Food Quote

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 Art Quote

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

Raymond Chandler Age Quote

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 Love Quote

It is not a fragrant world.

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

Raymond Chandler Society Quotes

Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.

Chess is the most elaborate waste of human intelligence outside of an advertising agency.

Raymond Chandler Intelligence Quotes

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

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 Attitude Quotes