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The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep


by Raymond Chandler

The Big Sleep Quotes

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Isolation Quotes

A racket like that, out in the open on the boulevard, seemed to mean plenty of protection. I sat there and poisoned myself with cigarette smoke and listened to the rain and thought about it. (5.35)

Morality and Ethics Quotes

"Vivian is spoiled, exacting, smart and quite ruthless. Carmen is a child who likes to pull wings off flies. Neither of them has any more moral sense than a cat. Neither have I. No Sternwood ever h...

Justice and Judgment Quotes

It wasn't the law. They would have been there still, just about getting warmed up with their pieces of string and chalk and their cameras and dusting powders and their nickel cigars. They would hav...

Principles Quotes

"You can't make much money in this trade, if you're honest. If you have a front, you're making money—or expecting to." "Oh—are you honest?" she asked and opened her bag. […]"Painfully." (11.1...

Men and Masculinity Quotes

"And I don't like your manners.""I'm not crazy about yours," I said. "[…] I don't mind if you don't like my manners. They're pretty bad. I grieve over them during the long winter evenings. But do...

Wealth Quotes

I was everything a well-dressed private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars. (1.1)

Violence Quotes

His [Geiger's] glass eye shone brightly up at me and was by far the most life-like thing about him. At a glance none of the three shots I heard had missed. He was very dead. (7. 5)

Sexuality and Sexual Identity Quotes

[S]he lowered her lashes until they almost cuddled her cheeks and slowly raised them again, like a theater curtain. I was to get to know that trick. That was supposed to make me roll over on my bac...

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