Peter Handke quotes

  • Back in the days when American billboard advertising was in flower [said Hemingway], there were two slogans that I always rated above all others: the old Cremo Cigar ad that proclaimed, Spit Is a Horrid Word-but Worse on the end of Your Cigar, and Drink Schlitz in Brown Bottles and Avoid that Skunk Taste. You don't get creative writing like that any more.

  • I can write better than anyone who can write faster,

  • If the first requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite, the second is to put in your apprenticeship as a feeder when you have enough money to pay the check but not enough to produce indifference of the total.

  • I had an amazing childhood.

  • Childhood was the past. It couldn't be changed, only remembered.

  • One has always had a childhood, whatever one becomes.

  • No, you're either born a writer, a storyteller, or you're not.

  • Country music has always been about as close to R&B as you can possibly get. We're storytellers.

  • A defeated nation is always explaining itself. That's why the best storytellers are always from vanquished nations.

  • Never trust a storyteller," he says. "We're all of us liars.