| For David Parker and Daniel Parker, with the respect and admiration of their father, who grew up with them.
| It was not just that Ross Macdonald taught us how to write; he did something much more, he taught us how to read, and how to think about life, and maybe, in some small, but mattering way, how to live.
| I was on the Oprah Winfrey Show once. It was a really slow news day for Oprah, and there were several of us on 'cause none of us was sufficiently interesting by his or herself.
| If you want to write, write it. That's the first rule. And send it in, and send it in to someone who can publish it or get it published. Don't send it to me. Don't show it to your spouse, or your significant other, or your parents, or somebody. They're not going to publish it.
| My older son who is, I think, here tonight, is forty-one years old. Which is odd because so am I.
| 'All Our Yesterdays' was unquestionably the best work I have ever done. And the reading public stayed away in droves.
| Would you care to publish this? Sincerely, Robert B. Parker.
| Sure, I have advice for people starting to write. Don't. I don't need the competition.
| She found me intolerable. But she got to know me, and I wore her down.
| I have reached the point where I know that as long as I sit down to write, the ideas will come. What they will be, I don't know.
| This is not a screenplay. I don't do twenty drafts. I'm not going to show this to you until it's published or accepted for publication. You can make whatever suggestions you want, but I probably will ignore them entirely.
| Joan organizes our social life, and on weekends I follow her around.
| I didn't have to say it. I just had to write it. It was painful enough.
| Teaching is too strong a word for whatever it was I did at Northeastern University.
| I think at this stage in my life I have learned that there are any number of things that men will never know, and can never hope to know, about women.
| 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.
| Very few of my books are about who stole the Maltese Falcon.
| With so much at stake maybe I'll just leave now.
| I had achieved the most important things in my life when I married Joan and had the sons. Given the choice between Joan and the boys, and being a writer, I world give up being a writer without a blink.
| Well, you give me too much credit for foresight and planning. I haven't got a clue what the hell I'm doing.