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"On the dance floor half a dozen couples were throwing themselves around
with the reckless abandon of a night watchman with arthritis
"Dead men are heavier than broken hearts
"---The Big Sleep
"She's dark and lovely and passionate. And very, very
"And exclusive as a mailbox," I said.
---The Little Sister
"It was a cool day and very clear. You could see a long way--but not as far as Velma had gone"---Farewell, My Lovely
"I put the duster away folded with the dust in it, leaned back and just
sat, not smoking, not even thinking. I was a blank man. I had no face,
no meaning, no personality, hardly a name. I didn't want to eat. I
didn't even want a drink. I was the page from yesterday's calendar
crumpled at the bottom of the waste basket
"---The Little Sister
"Eddie Mars wanted to see me."
"I didn't know you knew him. Why?"
"I don't mind telling you. He thought I was looking for somebody he thought had run away with his wife."
"Then what did you come for?"
"To find out why he thought I was looking for somebody he thought had run away with his wife."
"Did you find out?"
---The Big Sleep
"Tall, aren't you?" she said.
"I didn't mean to be."
Her eyes rounded. She was puzzled. She was thinking. I could see, even
on that short acquaintance, that thinking was always going to be a
bother to her.
---The Big Sleep
"I never saw any of them again - except the cops. No way has yet been invented to say goodbye to them."
---The Long Goodbye
"Then he picked the glass up and tasted it and sighed again and shook his head
sideways with a half smile; the way a man does when you give him a drink and he
needs it very badly and it is just right and the first swallow is like a peek
into a cleaner, sunnier, brighter world."
---The High Window
"The minutes went by on tiptoe, with their fingers to their lips."
---The Lady in the Lake
"She smelled the way the Taj Mahal looks by moonlight."
---The Little Sister (Chapter 12)
"I'm an occasional drinker, the kind of guy who goes out for a beer and
wakes up in Singapore with a full beard."
--"The King in Yellow"
"The big foreign car drove itself, but I held the wheel for the sake of
--Farewell, My Lovely (Chapter 9)