Peter Benchley, fully Peter Bradford Benchley

Peter
Benchley, fully Peter Bradford Benchley
1940
2006

American Author best known for novels which were adapted for cinema including "Jaws," "The Deep" and "The Island"

Author Quotes

He felt at once betrayed and betrayer, deceived and deceiver. He was a criminal forced into crime, an unwilling whore.

If there's an underlying them in the books I've written about marine creatures, it's that man has a responsibility to co-exist with his environment, not to try to dominate it.

Of course, if I am doing a story for The National Geographic or some other magazine, or if I am actually doing basic research on a book, I certainly keep a notebook all the time.

With BEAST, I had been fishing for giant squid for years with no luck. Again, it was a speculation, of a what if story.

I also do a radio show every day on about 200 radio stations across the country and around the world, called The Ocean Report.

If we can redirect our resources towards the oceans and away from the stars for a couple of years, I think the future holds enormous promise.

Reputations rise and fall almost as regularly as the tides.

You're gonna need a bigger boat.

I discovered in the process that books and movies are completely different media.

If we kill everything in the ocean, and if we pollute the ocean to a point where it can't sustain life, we're committing suicide.

Sharks have everything a scientist dreams of. They're beautiful? God, how beautiful they are! They're like an impossibly perfect piece of machinery. They're as graceful as any bird. They're as mysterious as any animal on earth. No one knows for sure how long they live or what impulses except for hunger they respond to. There are more than two hundred and fifty species of shark, and everyone is different from every other one.

You're much more likely to be attacked by lightning or by your own toilet than you are by a shark.

I dive as much as I can.

If you're careful, you don't have to worry about being attacked by sea creatures.

Since writing JAWS, I've been lucky enough to do close to forty television shows about wildlife in the oceans, and yes, I have been attacked by sea creatures once in a while.

I don't believe in blaming inanimate objects for anything.

I'm a babe in the woods when it comes to the Internet.

So poachers have a huge advantage. That's pretty much true everywhere in the world.

I don't keep a writer's notebook. I seem to store things in my head and when the time comes, I am fortunate enough to have them come forward.

I'm going down to South Africa in about two weeks to dive with great whites again, and every time you get into the water with a great white you feel completely insignificant.

The fact that marine mammals seem to be able to make contact with autistic children, for example, is just one of the miracles waiting to be explored.

I grew up during the summers in Nantucket, and spent all my time in or on the water.

I'm specifically interested in underwater archeology.

The fish might well have disappeared already, but Brody wasn't willing to gamble lives on the possibility: the odds might be good, but the stakes were prohibitively high.

I grew up in New York City, attended school there through the eighth grade and then went on for secondary school to the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire.

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First Name
Peter
Last Name
Benchley, fully Peter Bradford Benchley
Birth Date
1940
Death Date
2006
Bio

American Author best known for novels which were adapted for cinema including "Jaws," "The Deep" and "The Island"