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Robert B. Parker Quotes and Sayings

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Very few of my books are about who stole the Maltese Falcon.
- Robert B. Parker

I write five pages a day.
If you would read five pages a day, we'd stay right even.
- Robert B. Parker

She found me intolerable.
But she got to know me, and I wore her down.
- Robert B. Parker

I have reached the point where I know that as long as I sit down to write,
the ideas will come.
What they will be, I don't know.
- Robert B. Parker

 

I think at this stage in my life I have learned that
there are any number of things that men will never know,
and can never hope to know, about women.
- Robert B. Parker

I think finally good writing gets out there,
and people like it, and bad writing doesn't.
Well, no.
Bad writing does get out there 'cause some people like it.
- Robert B. Parker

Joan organizes our social life, and on weekends I follow her around.
- Robert B. Parker

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Teaching is too strong a word for whatever it was I
did at Northeastern University.
- Robert B. Parker

I didn't have to say it.
I just had to write it.
It was painful enough.
- Robert B. Parker

I got thrown out of school several weeks in my senior
year being caught in the girls' dorm.
This was 1954, friends.
The girls' dorm was off limits.
Even to girls, I think.
- Robert B. Parker

Well, you give me too much credit for foresight and planning.
I haven't got a clue what the hell I'm doing.
- Robert B. Parker

Would you care to publish this? Sincerely,
Robert B. Parker.
- Robert B. Parker

I was on the Oprah Winfrey Show once.
It was a really slow news day for Oprah,
and there were several of us on 'cause none of us was
sufficiently interesting by his or herself.
- Robert B. Parker

I really don't know what I am going to do in terms
of what a book is going to be about until I actually start writing it!
- Robert B. Parker

With so much at stake maybe I'll just leave now.
- Robert B. Parker

For David Parker and Daniel Parker, with the respect
and admiration of their father,
who grew up with them.
- Robert B. Parker

Sure, I have advice for people starting to write.
Don't.
I don't need the competition.
- Robert B. Parker

'All Our Yesterdays' was unquestionably the best work I have ever done.
And the reading public stayed away in droves.
- Robert B. Parker

College had little effect on me.
I'd have been the same writer if I'd gone to MIT,
except I'd have flunked out sooner.
- Robert B. Parker

Send it to someone who can publish it.
And if they won't publish it, send it to someone else who can publish it!
And keep sending it!
Of course, if no one will publish it,
at that point you might want to think about doing something other than writing.
- Robert B. Parker

It was not just that Ross Macdonald taught us how to write;
he did something much more,
he taught us how to read, and how to think about life,
and maybe, in some small, but mattering way,
how to live.
- Robert B. Parker

This is not a screenplay.
I don't do twenty drafts.
I'm not going to show this to you until it's published
or accepted for publication.
You can make whatever suggestions you want,
but I probably will ignore them entirely.
- Robert B. Parker

They give me the money, I give them the book.
Having input into the adaptation would be kind of like
selling a house and coming back three years later and saying,
'Paint it this color!'
- Robert B. Parker

It's tempting to say the Ph.D.
didn't have an effect, but it's not so.
I think whatever resonance I may be able to achieve
is in part simply from the amount of reading and learning
that I acquired along the way.
- Robert B. Parker

If you want to write, write it.
That's the first rule.
And send it in, and send it in to someone who can publish it or get it published.
Don't send it to me.
Don't show it to your spouse, or your significant other,
or your parents, or somebody.
They're not going to publish it.
- Robert B. Parker

I had achieved the most important things in my life
when I married Joan and had the sons.
Given the choice between Joan and the boys,
and being a writer, I world give up being a writer without a blink.
- Robert B. Parker

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants,
and to serve them one's self?
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You must not lose faith in humanity.
Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty,
the ocean does not become dirty.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity,
reduce selfishness, have few desires.
- Lao Tzu

Anyone who proposes to do good
must not expect people to roll stones out of his way,
but must accept his lot calmly,
even if they roll a few stones upon it.
- Albert Schweitzer

Wealth consists not in having great possessions,
but in having few wants.
- Epictetus

Men in general judge more from
appearances than from reality. All
men have eyes, but few have
the gift of penetration.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

One who is too insistent on his own views,
finds few to agree with him.
- Lao Tzu

One is taught by experience to put a premium
on those few people who can appreciate you for what you are.
- Gail Godwin

We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
- Henry David Thoreau

Few is the number of those
who think with their own mind
and feel with their own heart.
- Albert Einstein

There are very few human beings who receive the truth,
complete and staggering, by instant illumination.
Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment,
on a small scale, by successive developments,
cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.
- Anais Nin

Few are those who see with their own eyes
and feel with their own hearts.
- Albert Einstein

I have found out that though the ways in which
I can make myself useful are few,
yet the work open to me is endless.
- Helen Keller

The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which
it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters.
- Thomas Jefferson

Everyone has a "best friend" during each stage of life,
but only a precious few have the same one.
- Anonymous

Books and friends should be few but good.
- Anonymous

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity
opinions which differ from
the prejudices of their social environment.
Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
- Albert Einstein

True love is like ghosts,
which everyone talks about and few have seen.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Few things are harder to put up with
than the annoyance of a good example.
- Mark Twain

Families are like fudge... mostly sweet with a few nuts.
- Anonymous

A benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself,
to keep his friends in countenance.
- Benjamin Franklin

Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered
have prevented a single foolish action.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Every few seconds it changes - up an eighth,
down an eighth -it's like playing a slot machine.
I lose $20 million, I gain $20 million.
- Ted Turner

I do have a political agenda.
It's to have as few regulations as possible.
- Dan Quayle

I'm kidding about having only a few dollars.
I might have a few dollars more.
- James Brown

America is becoming so educated that ignorance will be a novelty.
I will belong to the select few.
- Will Rogers

Few people know how to take a walk.
The qualifications are endurance,
plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature,
good humor, vast curiosity, good speech,
good silence and nothing too much.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog.
Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.
- E. B. White

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are
few originals and many copies.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide
which particular representatives of the oppressing
class are to represent and repress them.
- Karl Marx

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee, And revery.
The revery alone will do, If bees are few.
- Emily Dickinson

Few are the giants of the soul that actually feel
that the human race is their family circle.
- Freya Stark

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
- George Washington

The artist's world is limitless.
It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.
It is always on his doorstep.
- Paul Strand

Sometimes before we make a record I go back and listen to a few.
It's equally humbling and uplifting.
- Michael Stipe

Even in the Christian religion,
much of its real meaning is hidden by words
that are misleading and symbols that but few understand.
- Ernest Holmes

We are all "neighbors."
Our world has gotten too small for us to be anything else.
We can no longer have "us" and "them" - friends and enemies.
A person from Iraq, or Russia, or Columbia is
no more a stranger or enemy than a person from across town.
A few people everywhere are troublemakers.
Every religion provokes a few people to become extremists.
Do we need police around the globe? Unfortunately, we always will.
Do we need war? Does that question even deserve an answer?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Only a few things are really important.
- Marie Dressler

Few things are more satisfying than seeing your children
have teenagers of their own.
- Doug Larson

You can't expect to hit the jackpot if you don't put
a few nickels in the machine.
- Flip Wilson

One merit of poetry few persons will deny:
it says more and in fewer words than prose.
- Voltaire

A few minutes ago every tree was excited,
bowing to the roaring storm,
waving, swirling, tossing their branches
in glorious enthusiasm like worship.
But though to the outer ear these trees
are now silent, their songs never cease.
- John Muir

The effort to understand the universe is one
of the very few things that lifts human life
a little above the level of farce,
and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
- Steven Weinberg

Before I met my husband, I'd never fallen in love.
I'd stepped in it a few times.
- Rita Rudner


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