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

Look, Chief, you can't go off half-cocked looking for vengeance against a fish. That shark isn't evil. It's not a murderer. It's just obeying its own instincts. Trying to get retribution against a fish is crazy.

Twenty-five years ago nobody knew much about white sharks.

After college, I traveled around the world for a year and wrote a book called Time and a Ticket.

I know now that the mythic monster I created was largely a fiction.

Maybe. Maybe not. Look, the Latin name for this fish is Carcharodon carcharias, okay? The closest ancestor we can find for it is something called Carcharodon megalodon, a fish that existed maybe thirty or forty thousand years ago. We have fossil teeth from megalodon. They?re six inches long. That would put the fish at between eighty and a hundred feet. And the teeth are exactly like the teeth you see in great whites today. What I?m getting at is, suppose the two fish are really one species. What?s to say megalodon is really extinct? Why should it be?

We have a terrible feeling of superiority and don't really respect the fact that the world's greatest wilderness is at our back door.

Brody felt a shimmy of fear skitter up his back. He was a very poor swimmer, and the prospect of being on top of?let alone in?water above his head give him what his mother used to call the wimwams: sweaty palms, a persistent need to swallow, and a ache in his stomach?essentially the sensation some people feel about flying. In Brody's dreams, deep water was populated by slimy, savage things that rose from below and shredded his flesh, by demons that cackled and moaned.

I read very widely, both non-fiction and fiction, so I don't think there's a single writer who influences me.

No, I graduated from Harvard with a major in English in 1961.

We're going to need a bigger boat.

Come up fish. Come to Quint.

I then became a freelance writer and worked for whoever would pay the bills. I wrote movie reviews, travel pieces, freelance television work, compiled synopses of the news for newspapers... whatever I could do to earn a dollar.

Oceanography is a terrific career because gradually we seem to be coming around to realize that we had better become as acquainted with the seventy percent of our planet that is covered by water as we are with the dark side of the moon.

When I was growing up, I was very fond of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck; all the usual suspects.

Everything I've written is based on something that has happened to me or something that I know a great deal about.

I went to work for the Washington Post for about a half a year, then worked for Newsweek Magazine as the television editor for three years.

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.

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.

Reputations rise and fall almost as regularly as the tides.

You're gonna need a bigger boat.

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.

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.

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First Name
Peter
Last Name
Benchley, fully Peter Bradford Benchley
Birth Date
1940
Death Date
2006
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American Author best known for novels which were adapted for cinema including "Jaws," "The Deep" and "The Island"