James A. Michener

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James A. Michener

Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.More James A. Michener [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.More James A. Michener [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.More James A. Michener [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century: that a writer never complains, never explains and never disdains.More James A. Michener [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More James A. Michener [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Although most of us know Vincent van Gogh in Arles and Paul Gauguin in Tahiti as if they were neighbors -- somewhat disreputable but endlessly fascinating -- none of us can name two French generals or department store owners of that period. I take enormous pride in considering myself an artist, one of the necessaries.More James A. Michener [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It takes courage to know when you ought to be afraid.More James A. Michener [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality. The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality.More James A. Michener [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.More James A. Michener [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.More James A. Michener [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The really great writers are people like Emily Bronte who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination.More James A. Michener [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.More James A. Michener [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.More James A. Michener [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit
with dignity all the days of his life.More James A. Michener [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century:
that a writer never complains, never explains and never disdains.More James A. Michener [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.More James A. Michener [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.More James A. Michener [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality. The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality.More James A. Michener [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.More James A. Michener [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Russia, France, Germany and China. They revere their writers. America is still a frontier country that almost shudders at the idea of creative expression.More James A. Michener [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.More James A. Michener [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Being goal-oriented instead of self-oriented is crucial. I know so many people who want to be writers. But let me tell you, they really don't want to be writers. They want to have been writers. They wish they had a book in print. They don't want to go through the work of getting the damn book out. There is a huge difference.More James A. Michener [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I wish I could tell you about the South Pacific. The way it actually was. The endless ocean. The infinite specks of coral we called islands. Coconut palms nodding gracefully toward the ocean. Reefs upon which waves broke into spray, and inner lagoons, lovely beyond description. I wish I could tell you about the sweating jungle, the full moon rising behind the volcanoes, and the waiting. The waiting. The timeless, repetitive waiting.More James A. Michener [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The dead are dead but they rely on us to fulfill their hopes.More James A. Michener [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Rampaging horsemen can conquer; only the city can civilize.More James A. Michener [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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