"On the dance floor half a dozen couples were throwing themselves around with the reckless abandon of a night watchman with arthritis "---Playback (Chapter 8)
"Dead men are heavier than broken hearts" - The Big Sleep (Chapter 8)
"She's dark and lovely and passionate. And very, very kind."
"And exclusive as a mailbox," I said.
- The Little Sister (Chapter 19)
"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 (Chapter 41)
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 (Chapter 1)
"I never saw any of them again - except the cops. No way has yet been invented to say goodbye to them."---The Long Goodbye (Chapter 52)
"She smelled the way the Taj Mahal looks by moonlight." - The Little Sister (Chapter 12)
"I'm an occational drinker, the kind of guy who goes out for a beer and wakes up in Singapore with a full beard." -- "The King in Yellow"
To say she had a face that would have stopped a clock would have been to insult her.It would have stopped a runaway horse."--The Little Sister
"The corridor which led to it had a smell of old carpet and furniture oil and the drab anonymity of a thousand shabby lives"--The Little Sister (Chapter 9)
"She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket"--Farewell, My Lovely (Chapter 18)
"I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun." Farewell, My Lovely (Chapter 34)
"She's a charming middle age lady with a face like a bucket of mud and if she's washed her hair since Coolidge's second term, I'll eat my spare tire, rim and all." -- Farewell, My Lovely (Chapter 6)
"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 sking 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."-- "Red Wind"
"I belonged in Idle Valley like a pearl onion on a banana split."--The Long Good-bye (Chapter 13)
"Even on Central Avenue, not the quietest dressed street in the world, he looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food."--Farewell, My Lovely (Chapter 1)