Hard Boiled Quotes

Quotes tagged as "hard-boiled" (showing 1-30 of 79)
Raymond Chandler
“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, The High Window

Haruki Murakami
“Kindness and a caring mind are two separate qualities. Kindness is manners. It is superficial custom, an acquired practice. Not so the mind. The mind is deeper, stronger, and, I believe, it is far more inconstant.”
Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Raymond Chandler
“There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.”
Raymond Chandler, Red Wind: A Collection of Short Stories

Raymond Chandler
“I don’t mind if you don’t like my manners. They’re pretty bad. I grieve over them during the long winter evenings.”
Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep

Raymond Chandler
“He was a guy who talked with commas, like a heavy novel. Over the phone anyway.”
Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

Raymond Chandler
“The coffee shop smell was strong enough to build a garage on.”
Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely

Raymond Chandler
“I'm not a young man. I'm old, tired and full of no coffee.”
Raymond Chandler, Playback

James Crumley
“...the sun rose each morning to stare into my face with the blank but touching gaze of a lovely retarded child.”
James Crumley, The Last Good Kiss

Haruki Murakami
“I thought about the screws and their happiness. Maybe they were glad to be free of the eggbeater, to be independent screws, to luxuriate on white trays. It did feel good to see them happy.”
Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Ed McBain
“The body lay outside an abandoned, boarded-up theater. The theater had started as a first-run movie house, many years back when the neighborhood had still been fashionable. As the neighborhood began rotting, the theater began showing second-run films, and then old movies, and finally foreign-language films.”
Ed McBain

Lawrence Block
“She made love with the freshness of an impatient virgin and the ingenuity of a sex-scarred whore.”
Lawrence Block, Grifter's Game

Raymond Chandler
“I wouldn't say she looked exactly wistful, but neither did she look as hard to get as a controlling interest in General Motors”
Raymond Chandler, Playback

Lawrence Block
“Sometimes it's a dog-eat-dog world and the rest of the time it's the other way around.”
Lawrence Block, A Dance At The Slaughterhouse

Raymond Chandler
“Guns never settle anything, I said. They are just a fast curtain to a bad second act”
Raymond Chandler, Playback

Raymond Chandler
“Common sense says go home and forget it, no money coming in. Common sense always speaks too late. Common sense is the guy who tells you you ought to have had your brakes relined last week before you smashed a front end this week. Common sense is the Monday morning quarterback who could have won the ball game if he had been on the team. But he never is. He's high up in the stands with a flask on his hip. Common sense is the little man in a gray suit who never makes a mistake in addition. But it's always somebody else's money he's adding up”
Raymond Chandler, Playback

Raymond Chandler
“The voice on the telephone seemed to be sharp and peremptory, but I didn't hear too well what it said, partly because I was only half awake and partly because I was holding the receiver upside down”
Raymond Chandler, Playback

Raymond Chandler
“The subject was as easy to spot as a kangaroo in a dinner jacket”
Raymond Chandler, Playback

Raymond Chandler
“I was doing a cheap sneaky job for people I didn't like, but that's what you hire out for, chum. They pay the bills, you dig the dirt.”
Raymond Chandler, Playback

John  Bowie
“The room buzzes around us but we’re fixed on each other, engaged in a battle of who can deprecate me more. She obviously doesn’t believe such a man can exist and keeps at it, prodding and goading me like a fisherman harpooning an already beached whale.”
John Bowie, Untethered

Raymond Chandler
“I'm part Chinese, part Hawaiian, part Filipino, and part nigger. You'd hate to be me”
Raymond Chandler, Playback

Raymond Chandler
“She was quite a doll. She wore a white belted raincoat, no hat, a well-cherished head of platinum hair, booties to match the raincoat, a folding plastic umbrella, a pair of blue-gray eyes that looked at me as if I had said a dirty word. I helped her off with her raincoat. She smelled very nice. She had a pair of legs - so far as I could determine - that were not painful to look at. She wore night sheer stockings. I stared at them rather intently, especially when she crossed her legs and held out a cigarette to be lighted”
Raymond Chandler, Playback

Raymond Chandler
“I opened the other envelope. It contained a photograph of a girl. The pose suggested a natural ease, or a lot of experience in being photographed. It showed darkish hair which might possibly have been red, a wide clear forehead, serious eyes, high cheekbones, nervous nostrils and a mouth which was not giving anything away. It was a fine-drawn, almost a taut face, and not a happy one”
Raymond Chandler, Playback

Raymond Chandler
“And there are still a number of people around who say that Hammett didn't write detective stories at all-merely hard-boiled chronicles of mean streets with a perfunctory mystery element dropped in like the olive in a martini. (The Simple Art of Murder)”
Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art of Murder

Tony Arnold
“She told me to answer yes or no, and to quit wasting her time. I told her I'd place it under my consideration, and would get back to her just as soon as humanly possible. That's when I made the mistake of mentioning my ex-girlfriend. I almost always gag whenever I talk about my ex. Sometimes that gagging leads to puking. Women don't like it when a man pukes on them. That's one thing I have learned about women.”
Tony Arnold, Wigglers

Tony Arnold
“Well, like, I've always thought somebody ought to write a novel in blank verse that starts out when the angels come inside the daughters of men and they bear the children which were giants in them days, which the flood wiped 'em all out, but their spirits become demons and have to follow Satan around for the rest of eternity. And them spirits still like to have sex, so when they infect nonbelievers or pigs, or what-have-you, that copulatin' urge is still inside of 'em, and so there's generally just a whole lot of ruttin' going on everywheres. And then one day there's a private detective who discovers a hidden tomb underneath a trailer park where his Mama still lives and there's a ancient codex that turns out to be a book that them sex-giants wrote about. the coming Hypocalypse. Something like that's what I like to read.”
Tony Arnold, Tales from the Horny Panda

Tony Arnold
“Well, like, I've always thought somebody ought to write a novel in blank verse that starts out when the angels come inside the daughters of men and they bear the children which were giants in them days, which the flood wiped 'em all out, but their spirits become demons and have to follow Satan around for the rest of eternity. And them spirits still like to have sex, so when they infect nonbelievers or pigs, or what-have-you, that copulatin' urge is still inside of 'em, and so there's generally just a whole lot of ruttin' going on everywheres. And then one day there's a private detective who discovers a hidden tomb underneath a trailer park where his Mama still lives and there's a ancient codex that turns out to be a book that them sex-giants wrote about the coming Hypocalypse. Something like that's what I like to read.”
Tony Arnold, Tales from the Horny Panda

Tony Arnold
“I know what it's like to be a under-valued, despised fat-ass in a uniform that frequents the used sex toy trailer way too regular. And nobody appreciates more than me the way ya'll protect the weak and innocent from minorities. But every time ya'll pull over some poor slob gratuitously, just fishing for some gotcha to fine 'em with, you disgrace the noble acts ya'll have to do like rescuing maidens from railroad tracks and pulling burning babies out of trailer fires. You cheapen the great things ya'll do with the low-rent, scum-sucking dirtbag shit you do by way of economic predation.”
Tony Arnold, Codename: White Devil

Oliver Dean Spencer
“THE POUNDING RAIN HAD STOPPED as suddenly as it had begun. Sheets of silver green neon clung hungrily to the moist black asphalt like some reptilian skin.”
Oliver Dean Spencer, Tell Me That You Love Me

Oliver Dean Spencer
“It all started when she walked into my office that night unannounced. She told me she was in trouble. So I asked what kind. She said it was of the killing kind. Wanted to know if I could be trusted. I said up to a point, depending on who got killed.”
Oliver Dean Spencer, Tell Me That You Love Me

Oliver Dean Spencer
“She told me she was 17 going on 22, when she left home to find a new life in the city. She wanted to get into acting and be a big star someday. I said that was swell but a tough racket to break into. She said she knew that going in. She thought maybe she'd get a lucky break and go from there. I told her lucky breaks always came with a price.”
Oliver Dean Spencer, Tell Me That You Love Me

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