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Quotations by author » James A. Michener
U.S. novelist and short-story writer, 1907?-1997
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An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it
Age
And no invader has ever conquered the heart of Poland, that spirit which is the inheritance of sons and daughters, the private passion of families and the ancient, unbreakable tie to all those who came before.
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Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
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For this is the journey that men and women make, to find themselves. If they fail in this, it doesn't matter much else what they find.
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I am always interested in why young people become writers, and from talking with many I have concluded that most do not want to be writers working eight and ten hours a day and accomplishing little; they want to have been writers, garnering the rewards of having completed a best-seller. They aspire to the rewards of writing but not to the travail.
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I have never thought of myself as a good writer. Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But I'm one of the world's great rewriters.
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I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.
EmotionWriting
I think the crucial thing in the writing career is to find what you want to do and how you fit in. What somebody else does is of no concern whatever except as an interesting variation.
Writers
I was a Navy officer writing about Navy problems and I simply stole this lovely Army nurse and popped her into a Navy uniform, where she has done very well for herself.
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I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century: that a writer never complains, never explains and never disdains.
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I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
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If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.
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If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home
Food
It takes courage to know when you ought to be afraid.
CourageFear
Russia, France, Germany and China. They revere their writers. America is still a frontier country that almost shudders at the idea of creative expression.
Country
Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.
Engineering
The arrogance of the artist is a very profound thing, and it fortifies you.
Arrogance
The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both.
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Writers
There are no insoluble problems. Only time-consuming ones.
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