Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Happy Birthday Peter Benchley !

Peter Bradford Benchley
Today is the birthday of an American author Peter Bradford Benchley (May 8, 1940 – February 12, 2006), best known for his novel Jaws and its subsequent film adaptation, the latter co-written by Benchley (with Carl Gottlieb) and directed by Steven Spielberg. Several more of his works were also adapted for cinema, including The Deep and The Island. Presenting some Quotations : Being Poet
  • I dive as much as I can.
  • Without the oceans there would be no life on Earth.
  • I’m a babe in the woods when it comes to the Internet.
  • I don’t believe in blaming inanimate objects for anything.
  • Reputations rise and fall almost as regularly as the tides.
  • Twenty-five years ago nobody knew much about white sharks.
  • I guess I’m a hopeful optimist, because to be a pessimist is to be suicidal.
  • I’ve never been hurt by a sea creature, except for jellyfish and sea urchins.
  • believe implicitly that every young man in the world is fascinated with either sharks or dinosaurs.
  • I read very widely, both non-fiction and fiction, so I don’t think there’s a single writer who influences me.
  • If man doesn’t learn to treat the oceans and the rain forest with respect, man will become extinct.
  • Writing is sweat and drudgery most of the time. And you have to love it in order to endure the solitude and the discipline.
  • 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.