There are two kinds of truth: the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Neither is independent of the other or more important than the other. Without art science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery. The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous.
--Raymond Thornton Chandler, writer (1888-1959)
(195:7.16) In a high civilization, art humanizes science, while in turn
it is spiritualized by true religion—insight into spiritual and eternal
values. Art represents the human and time-space evaluation of reality.
(195:7.22-23) The universe is not like the laws, mechanisms, and the
uniformities which the scientist discovers, and which he comes to regard
as science, but rather like the curious, thinking, choosing, creative,
combining, and discriminating scientist who thus observes universe
phenomena and classifies the mathematical facts inherent in the
mechanistic phases of the material side of creation. Neither is the
universe like the art of the artist, but rather like the striving,
dreaming, aspiring, and advancing artist who seeks to transcend the
world of material things in an effort to achieve a spiritual goal.
The scientist, not science, perceives the reality of an evolving and
advancing universe of energy and matter. The artist, not art,
demonstrates the existence of the transient morontia world intervening
between material existence and spiritual liberty.
Raymond Thornton Chandler (July 23, 1888 –
March 26, 1959) was an American novelist and screenwriter. In 1932, at
age forty-four, Chandler decided to become a detective fiction writer
after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Great
Depression. His first short story, "Blackmailers Don't Shoot", was
published in 1933 in Black Mask, a popular pulp magazine. His first novel, The Big Sleep, was
published in 1939. In addition to his short stories, Chandler published
seven novels during his lifetime (an eighth in progress at his death
was completed by Robert B. Parker). All but Playback have been made into
motion pictures, some several times. In the year before he died, he was
elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died on March
26, 1959, in La Jolla, California.
Chandler had an immense stylistic influence on American popular
literature, and is considered by many to be a founder, along with
Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and other Black Mask writers, of
the hard-boiled school of detective fiction. His protagonist, Philip
Marlowe, along with Hammett's Sam Spade, is considered by some to be
synonymous with "private detective," both having been played on screen
by Humphrey Bogart, whom many considered to be the quintessential
Some of Chandler's novels are considered important literary works, and three are often considered masterpieces: Farewell, My Lovely (1940), The Little Sister (1949), and The Long Goodbye (1953). The Long Goodbye is praised within an anthology of American crime stories as "arguably the first book since Hammett's The Glass Key,
published more than twenty years earlier, to qualify as a serious and
significant mainstream novel that just happened to possess elements of
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