Top 25 Philip Kerr Quotes

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When I feel I'm repeating myself, I'll probably pack it

When I feel I’m repeating myself, I’ll probably pack it in.
Philip Kerr
The mark of a writer is to make a story as likely as possible, and I’ve done my best to deliver authentic atmosphere.
Philip Kerr
I love sitting at my desk and facing a quiet day with a pen in my hand, and putting myself into a story. It’s kind of weird, isn’t it? I mean, to absent myself from real life and make up stories is strange, but I started doing this when I was ten years old. It was all I wanted to do.
Philip Kerr
There’s a great tradition among the English of writing about Berlin. It’s kind of a state of mind, almost. That even translates in terms of music. A lot of people go to Berlin with the idea that it’s a state of mind.
Philip Kerr
When I feel I’m repeating myself, I’ll probably pack it in. What will undoubtedly happen is I’ll write one too many. The important thing is to recognize when you‘ve written too many and stop there.
Philip Kerr
Sport seems to be much more important to people than politics.
Philip Kerr
I will say that anyone who supports Scottish independence should go to Athens. Because nothing works. It is a disaster. It is a ruined, dirty place where people do not have money or future prospects. The day one after independence, Scotland would be worse.
Philip Kerr
My parents had never been to Germany. But I knew what I didn’t want to write about, and I didn’t want to write about Edinburgh. A lot of writers find Edinburgh fascinating, but I never did. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t wait to get away from it.
Philip Kerr
I always worry I’ve probably written one too many Bernie Gunther books and that I should probably give him his gold watch.
Philip Kerr
I always try to find a story in the margins of history, but I don’t like to do too much that’s improbable.
Philip Kerr
The hardest thing is to write about people. First and foremost, you have to encounter their humanity. That is the only way you can make them live as characters on the page.
Philip Kerr
Being British, we tend to think of ourselves as America‘s best friend. And as your best friend, that gives us a little bit of license to point out things that could have been handled better.
Philip Kerr
The most interesting legal philosophy is German, so naturally I went to Germany, particularly to Berlin, quite a bit.
Philip Kerr
All nationalism is based on racism and hate. I’m Scottish; I was born in Scotland, as my parents, as my grandparents.
Philip Kerr
There is always a temptation to take things for granted, to get lazy, and to presume that the reader knows more than they do.
Philip Kerr
I don’t think any of us know how we would react until we were put in a situation where we have to do something bad or do something good. I think I’d like to believe I’d act like a decent human being, but I’m realistic to know I don’t know.
Philip Kerr
Publishers just want you to write the same book over and over again. But why would I want to do that? It would be like putting on a threadbare dressing-gown day after day.
Philip Kerr
Scotland is the only case in the world where the poor part of a territory wants to separate from the rich part. If independence came, one option is to keep the pound as its currency, so that all economic decisions will continue to be taken by the Bank of England.
Philip Kerr
I really wanted to write the way Kubrick makes films – ‘Strangelove,’ ‘2001’, ‘Clockwork Orange‘, ‘Barry Lyndon’ – they’re all so different.
Philip Kerr
The fascination for me writing about crime in Berlin was the idea that there was this much bigger crime taking place in the background, a fantastically epochal moment in history which is just going on. That just sort of makes the whole thing have a greater resonance.
Philip Kerr
I think John le Carre is, at 77, the greatest living writer alive. He is a master craftsman.
Philip Kerr
It’s not easy being the world’s policeman. No one thanks you for it.
Philip Kerr
I used to play quite a good lead guitar, R&B style. Clapton and BB King are heroes.
Philip Kerr
I don’t really like heroes who always behave heroically. That’s not interesting to me.
Philip Kerr
James Bond was an early favourite, although I didn’t understand much of it. I read the Bible a lot, too. You might say that this was my favourite, since I seemed to read it so often.
Philip Kerr