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Quotes of the day: Robert B. Parker

Published Sunday, January 17, 2016 @ 3:01 PM EST
Jan 17 2016

Robert Brown Parker (September 17, 1932 – January 18, 2010) was an American crime writer. His most famous works were the 40 novels written about the private detective Spenser. The ABC television network developed the television series Spenser: For Hire based on the character in the mid-1980s; a series of TV movies based on the character were also produced. His works incorporate encyclopedic knowledge of the Boston metropolitan area. The Spenser novels have been cited by critics and bestselling authors such as Robert Crais, Harlan Coben and Dennis Lehane as not only influencing their own work but reviving and changing the detective genre. Parker also wrote two other series based on an individual character. He wrote nine novels based on the character Jesse Stone and six novels based on the character Sunny Randall. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Afterlife is no less implausible than anything else... All explanations of existence are equally incredible. So you might as well believe something that makes you feel good as not.

Anger doesn't have to be expressed. It is enough to know that you're angry, and know why, and not lie to yourself about it.

Both our opinions are rooted in our experience... Both of them are true, it's just that we've had different experiences.

Coincidence exists, but believing in it never did me any good.

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.

If you are going to live life on your own terms, there need to be terms, and somehow you need to live up to them.

It's better to be feared than loved. Because you can't make them love you. But you can make them fear you.

It's better to be what I am than to be failing at what I am not.

The academic community is composed largely of nitwits.

The key to growing up well, is being tough enough.

There can never be any substitute for your own palate nor any better education than tasting the wine yourself.

Too much positive is either scared or stupid or both. Reality is uncertain.

When in doubt do something; and hope that if you keep doing it you'll come to understand what it is.

You do the best you can and you deal with the consequences. It's all there is.


(January 18 is also the birthday of A.A. Milne and Daniel Webster )

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