Top 44 Peter Carey Quotes

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Being famous as a writer is like being famous in a vill

Being famous as a writer is like being famous in a village. It’s not really any very heady fame.
Peter Carey
When I finally began to publish, my father never read my work. He’d say, ‘Oh, that’s your mother’s sort of thing.’ But my mother found the books rather upsetting. I figure she read just enough to know that she didn’t want to go there.
Peter Carey
In about 1975-76, I lived with a woman in a little hut with some fruit trees, and I had some of the most extraordinary, happy times of my life. Apart from the horrendous Queensland police, who were corrupt and venal, it really was like living in paradise.
Peter Carey
Australia is my lens. I cannot see the world any other way.
Peter Carey
When I went to live in New York, I didn’t mean to stay there, but here I am.
Peter Carey
I like how they are. I think they’re great. And their communities are communities. I have a greater sense of community in New York than almost anywhere I’ve ever lived. Really, it’s terrific.
Peter Carey
I used to say when I was younger, ‘I’m exhausted; writers can only write for four hours a day and that’s done.’ Now I find, as I’m getting older and I’m more aware of time, I can actually write all day.
Peter Carey
I was very anxious when I was writing ‘Oscar And Lucinda.’ I would take other books off the shelf to check my chapter length was OK.
Peter Carey
I would be the worst person on earth to be called to write an account of someone else’s life.
Peter Carey
I got a job in advertising. So even though I was writing, I was always supporting myself. That’s the thing that would matter for my father, who was absolutely a creature of the Great Depression.
Peter Carey
I’m interested in where we are, where we’re going, where we’ve come from.
Peter Carey
There are people that you don’t like because you’re jealous of them until you meet them. And you haven’t read their book because it’s had so much attention. Then you meet them and discover they’ve been jealous of you, and you become friends.
Peter Carey
It’s not like I’ve got 100 ideas. I finish a book, and I’ve got none.
Peter Carey
I’m always the one with the activist friends. I’ve been an activist very little.
Peter Carey
I have never begun a novel which wasn’t going to stretch me further than I had ever stretched before.
Peter Carey
I never base characters on real people. There are people who do that but I really don’t know how to do it.
Peter Carey
The Australian cast of mind is not something I would want to be without – and I couldn’t be without. It’s not a choice.
Peter Carey
My father left school at the age of fourteen, so this was a man with no deep experience of formal education.
Peter Carey
So in the first draft, I’m inventing people and place with a broad schematic idea of what’s going to happen. In the process, of course, I discover all sorts of bigger and more substantial things.
Peter Carey
When I was young and easily outraged, I would be upset when every fictional character I created was somehow reduced to ‘autobiography.’
Peter Carey
I’m someone who always wants to do everything differently. If I have a pattern, I’d rather I didn’t have a pattern. I want every book to be unpredictable and new. Damn it!
Peter Carey
I thought I would be an organic chemist. I went off to university, and when I couldn’t understand the chemistry lectures I decided that I would be a zoologist, because zoologists seemed like life-loving people.
Peter Carey
I don’t separate my books into historical novels and the rest. To me, they’re all made-up worlds, and both kinds are borne out of curiosity, some investigation into the past.
Peter Carey
I think that thing about the destruction of the world is there all the time, it’s there every day when we look out the window.
Peter Carey
The failure of the U.S.’s foreign adventures often seems to have its roots in the U.S.’s total ignorance of things on the ground, of the countries that they fiddle with.
Peter Carey
At the very end of a book I can manage to work for longer stretches, but mostly, making stuff up for three hours, that’s enough. I can’t do any more. At the end of the day I might tinker with my morning’s work and maybe write some again. But I think three hours is fine.
Peter Carey
At school, I was fanatical about being a scientist.
Peter Carey
I don’t think you have the right to shout about other people’s private life.
Peter Carey
Good writing of course requires talent, and no one can teach you to have talent.
Peter Carey
Nostalgia is something we think of as fuzzy. But it’s pain. Pain concerning the past.
Peter Carey
My greatest pleasure is to invent. My continual mad ambition is to make something true and beautiful that never existed in the world before.
Peter Carey
I went to work in 1962, and by '64 I was writing all th

I went to work in 1962, and by ’64 I was writing all the time, every night and every weekend. It didn’t occur to me that, having read nothing and knowing nothing, I was in no position to write a book.
Peter Carey
I have no interest in writing, generally speaking, about America at all – even if it does continue to terrify me.
Peter Carey