Quotes by Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen

American writer, author and journalist

Alive from: 1953-

Category: Media | Writers (Contemporary)

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    The one thing a lifetime in the newspaper business teaches you is pace - you spend all your time trying to make sure that the reader's going to finish what you're writing.
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    The one word that no politician will ever speak, is 'enough.' Enough.
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    There is no writer's block in a newsroom. There's only unemployment block.
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    There's so much hate that we direct externally that we forget we have our own psychos. But that's the role of the satirist - you have to examine your own country and say, 'look!
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    They have a crystalline sense of right and wrong; it disappears when they walk out the door with their M.B.A.
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    To me, the newspaper business was a way to learn about life and how things worked in the real world and how people spoke. You learn all the skills - you learn to listen, you learn to take notes - everything you use later as a novelist was valuable training in the newspaper world. But I always wanted to write novels.
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    Unfortunately, I don't get to read nearly as much as I want because I'm always working on my own stuff, either the novels or newspaper columns.
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    We've always been fascinated with movie stars and singers, but the fascination with people who really have nothing to offer is something new.
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    When I'm deciding to read a book, I never open to the first chapter, because that's been revised and worked over 88 times. I'll just turn to the middle of the book, to the middle of a chapter, and just read a random page and I'll know right away whether this is the real deal or not.
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    When I'm working on a novel of my own, I try to read mostly nonfiction, although sometimes I break down and peek at something else.
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    When you put on the suits, when you pretend you're honest and you're robbing at a far higher level, these guys deserve to... well, to be in my novels, and I have special fates reserved for them.
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    When you're given a newspaper column, you're not being paid to sit on a fence and scratch your chin and say 'On the one hand this' and 'On the other hand that.' You're getting paid for your opinion.
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    You can do the best research and be making the strongest intellectual argument, but if readers don't get past the third paragraph you've wasted your energy and valuable ink.
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