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The challenge of screenwriting is

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.

– Raymond Chandler

Television is just one more

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

– Raymond Chandler

Television’s perfect You turn a

Television’s perfect. You turn a few knobs, a few of those mechanical adjustments at which the higher apes are so proficient, and lean back and drain your mind of all thought. And there you are watching the bubbles in the primeval ooze. You don’t have to concentrate. You don’t have to react. You don’t have to remember. You don’t miss your brain because you don’t need it. Your heart and liver and lungs continue to function normally. Apart from that, all is peace and quiet. You are in the man’s nirvana. And if some poor nasty minded person comes along and says you look like a fly on a can of garbage, pay him no mind. He probably hasn’t got the price of a television set.

– Raymond Chandler

So by all means let’s

So by all means let’s have a television show quick and long, even if the commercial has to be delivered by a man in a white coat with a stethoscope hanging around his neck, selling ergot pills. After all the public is entitled to what it wants, isn’t it? The Romans knew that and even they lasted four hundred years after they started to putrefy.

– Raymond Chandler

From feet away she looked

From 30 feet away she looked like a lot of class. From 15 feet away she looked like something made up to be seen from 30 feet away.

– Raymond Chandler

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

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