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Quotes of the Day for 23 July 2001 – Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler, creator of the tough detective Philip Marlowe, was born on this day in 1888. Here are a couple of stray thought on mystery, and three quotes from Chandler.

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The quotes:

I, for one, get rather annoyed when I settle into a nice bubble bath with some Belgian chocolate and a mystery at my side only to discover that all of the characters in the latter are still alive at the end.
     - Miriam Nadel

As a rule, said Holmes, the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify.
     - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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, 1888 - 1959

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

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


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