Top Quotes from Martin Cruz Smith

By | August 19, 2016

As a novelist, I tell stories and people give me money. Then financial planners tell me stories and I give them money.

Martin Cruz Smith

I’d always been a great fan of George Orwell.

Martin Cruz Smith

Then years back, when I moved to California, I happened to see a book about fashions of 19th-century Victorian England, only four pages of which was devoted to the dress of the working class.

Martin Cruz Smith

Then there was the whole concept of coal mining, which is a culture unto itself, the most dangerous occupation in the world, and which draws and develops a certain kind of man.

Martin Cruz Smith

The government is shutting down the coal industry, they say it’s cheaper to draw nuclear power off the French grid and cheaper to buy coal from Colombia.

Martin Cruz Smith

If you take the contempt some Americans have for yuppies and multiply it by 10 you might come close to understanding their attitude towards the City, as they call it – London, the people of the south.

Martin Cruz Smith

I’ve always been struck by how unsuspicious people are in general, if you tell them what you’re about.

Martin Cruz Smith

Most people – and particularly people whose lives have nothing to do with books at all – are intrigued by the idea that somebody wants to listen to them and get it right.

Martin Cruz Smith

The fact is that I loved being in England.

Martin Cruz Smith

I’m very aware when I’m speaking to the English of how flat my Mid-Atlantic American voice is.

Martin Cruz Smith

I never thought I would just be doing Arkady books.

Martin Cruz Smith

I hate to be categorized.

Martin Cruz Smith

The great thing about being a writer is that you are always recreating yourself.

Martin Cruz Smith

I have another Russian idea, too, with a place and a period, so I guess I have enough to keep me busy for quite some time, especially considering that I’m such a slow writer.

Martin Cruz Smith

I feel very bad about getting things wrong.

Martin Cruz Smith

I’ve got a book of poetry by the bed, one of these big collections that goes back to the Greeks and Romans.

Martin Cruz Smith

What’s wonderful is to read the different translations – some done in 1600 and some in 1900 – of the same passage. It’s fascinating to watch the same tale repeated in such a different way by two different centuries.

Martin Cruz Smith

Of course the biggest mafia in Russia has always been the government; in Soviet times, the Communist Party, and now a circle of former KGB and FSB.

Martin Cruz Smith

Julian Assange is certainly no hero. The man behind WikiLeaks issued threats as if he were Dr. No bent on ending civilization as we know it. We will find him, lock him up, and throw away the key. But give the man credit; for a week the truth was laid bare.

Martin Cruz Smith

High Concept’ means a book or a film whose core idea can be stated in a single sentence, such as ‘Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito are twins.’ Or, ‘Arnold is pregnant.’

Martin Cruz Smith

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