Quotation by Raymond Chandler

Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid.... He is the hero, he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor, by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world.
Raymond Chandler (1888–1959), U.S. author. repr. In Pearls are a Nuisance (1950). The Simple Art of Murder, first published in Atlantic Monthly (Boston, Dec. 1944).
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