We’ve collected the best Pete Hamill Quotes. Use them as an inspiration.
I was born in 1935. But my mother and father – who were immigrants from Ireland – and everybody that I knew growing up in Brooklyn came out of the Depression, and they were remarkable people.
I was the oldest of seven kids, so I had no older brother who would say, ‘Schmuck, don’t do that.’
The most powerful force in American politics is not anger, it’s nostalgia.
Viewers can’t work or play while watching television; they can’t read; they can’t be out on the streets, falling in love with the wrong people, learning how to quarrel and compromise with other human beings. In short, they are asocial.
Journalism is a team sport. Writing novels is golf: it’s you and the ball.
Bootleggers were romanticized by people like F. Scott Fitzgerald, for example. Gatsby is a bootlegger. And they were not thought of as evil criminals in the newspapers, either. There was a certain amount of affection for them.
If you’re the oldest in a large family, you tend to do everything yourself, particularly if you are the first American. You begin a habit or pattern that makes it easy to reject other help.
Any of us who’ve been newspapermen for a long time hate generalizations.
Writers are rememberers.
New York is essentially a bazaar, not a Presbyterian church.
Nothing surprises me, particularly men and their propensity to be fools.
There are human beings who will be helped in understanding our times through the diaries of Edward Robb Ellis.
I’ve lived in other cities – Rome, Dublin, Mexico City – but I was born in New York City, and I always lived in those other places as a New Yorker.