Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Raymond Chandler

I don't know the context of this quotation, but I certainly seemed to me to be a good summary of what it means to be a police officer; that's what the SGT Says.

"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."--"The Simple Art of Murder" (essay) Raymond Chandler.

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