Quotes by Robert Parker

After my best side again, aren't you?
– Robert Parker
All Our Yesterdays was unquestionably the best work I have ever done. And the reading public stayed away in droves.
– Robert Parker
As I say, I'm not sure I'd have undertaken it... Oh, yeah, I would. They were offering me a hell of a lot of money.
– Robert Parker
Being a professor and working are not the same thing. The academic community is composed largely of nitwits. If I may generalize. People who don't know very much about what matters very much, who view life through literature rather than the other way around.
– Robert 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 Parker
For David Parker and Daniel Parker, with the respect and admiration of their father, who grew up with them.
– Robert Parker
I didn't have to say it. I just had to write it. It was painful enough.
– Robert Parker
I don't go to the movies, and I never watch television except ballgames and Law & Order. I can talk along with the reruns now. My lips move with Mike Logan's.
– Robert Parker
I don't imagine I would have chosen to spend the last twenty-six years of my life writing about a character whose values and virtues I disdained.
– Robert Parker
I don't want to work hard on a book that is not going to be published in my lifetime. I want the money now! And, of course, I want to see the book published.
– Robert 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 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 Parker
I have known an interesting, sexy, independent woman for some 50 years and have had many opportunities to observe her in many different situations. And one of the many things I have learned during the course of our relationship is that ultimately the things that separate women from men are less significant than the things that we have in common with each other.
– Robert 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 Parker
I hereby resign from Prudential Insurance Company of America. As I look back over my years with the company, I note there have been three of them.
– Robert Parker
I love Joan's indomitability and intelligence. She's very courageous. And she's a hell of a kisser.
– Robert Parker
I rarely write Spenser: For Hire. The ABC series is based on characters created by me, and I serve on the program as a consultant. As we all know, a consultant's first responsibility is to deposit the check every week. After that, I read each script and make suggestions.
– Robert 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 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 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 Parker