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Peter Benchley Quotes

American author and screenwriter (d. 2006), Birth: 8-5-1940, Death: 11-2-2006 Peter Benchley Quotes
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I've never been hurt by a sea creature, except for jellyfish and sea urchins.
Peter Benchley

I have never been wounded by a marine animal, excluding jellyfish and sea urchins.
2.
I believe implicitly that every young man in the world is fascinated with either sharks or dinosaurs.
Peter Benchley

3.
No, the shark in an updated JAWS could not be the villain; it would have to be written as the victim, for, worldwide, sharks are much more the oppressed than the oppressors.
Peter Benchley

4.
If man doesn't learn to treat the oceans and the rain forest with respect, man will become extinct.
Peter Benchley

5.
You're gonna need a bigger boat.
Peter Benchley

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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.
Peter Benchley

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There's nothing in the sea this fish would fear. Other fish run from bigger things. That's their instinct. But this fish doesn't run from anything. He doesn't fear.
Peter Benchley

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The ocean is the only alien and potentially hostile environment on the planet into which we tend to venture without thinking about the animals that live there, how they behave, how they support themselves, and how they perceive us. I know of no one who would set off into the jungles of Malaysia armed only with a bathing suit, a tube of suntan cream, and a book, and yet that's precisely how we approach the oceans.
Peter Benchley

Quote Topics by Peter Benchley: Sharks Ocean Sea Men Believe Fiction Writing Animal Water Baghdad Radio News Seems Influence Lying Inspirational Past Jellyfish Blame Reputation Book Evil Years Beautiful Preparedness Children Villain Survival Dark Night Victim
9.
I know now that the mythic monster I created was largely a fiction.
Peter Benchley

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Sharks don't target human beings, and they certainly don't hold grudges.
Peter Benchley

11.
Reputations rise and fall almost as regularly as the tides.
Peter Benchley

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Without sharks, you take away the apex predator of the ocean, and you destroy the entire food chain
Peter Benchley

13.
Writing is sweat and drudgery most of the time. And you have to love it in order to endure the solitude and the discipline.
Peter Benchley

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The past always seems better when you look back on it than it did at the time. And the present never looks as good as it will in the future.
Peter Benchley

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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.
Peter Benchley

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

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

18.
I'm a babe in the woods when it comes to the Internet.
Peter Benchley

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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.
Peter Benchley

20.
I guess I'm a hopeful optimist, because to be a pessimist is to be suicidal.
Peter Benchley

21.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.
Peter Benchley

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Fascinations breeds preparedness, and preparedness, survival.
Peter Benchley

23.
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.
Peter Benchley

24.
Without the oceans there would be no life on Earth.
Peter Benchley

25.
The fish was an enemy. It had come upon the community and killed two men, a woman, and a child. The people of Amity would demand the death of the fish. They would need to see it dead before they could feel secure enough to resume their normal lives.
Peter Benchley

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

27.
He would have lied to himself as facilely as an alcoholic lies to himself to justify the 10 a.m. tumbler of vodka : it may be early here, but in Baghdad it's almost evening.
Peter Benchley

28.
I dive as much as I can.
Peter Benchley

29.
The great fish moved silently through the night water.
Peter Benchley