James Michener Quotes

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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." James Michener
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People    Writers And Writing   

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"There are no insoluble problems. Only time-consuming ones." James Michener
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American Novelist    Problems   

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"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." James Michener
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Art    Excellence   

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"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." James Michener
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American Novelist   

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"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." James Michener
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American Novelist    Army   

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"The arrogance of the artist is a very profound thing, and it fortifies you." James Michener
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American Novelist   

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"They were a group of two dozen nurses completely surrounded by 100,000 unattached American men." James Michener
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American Novelist    Men   

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"An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it" James Michener
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People   

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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." James Michener
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Dignity   

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"Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them." James Michener
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American Novelist    Engineering   

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"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home" James Michener
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Fear   

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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." James Michener
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Reassurance   

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"… 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." James Michener
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Neighbors   

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"Unless you think you can do better than Tolstoy, we don't need you" James Michener
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"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." James Michener
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Daughters   

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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." James Michener
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American Novelist    Journey   

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"The really great writers are people like Emily Bronte who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination." James A. Michener
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American Novelist   

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"I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions." James Michener
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American Novelist    Emotions   

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"The really great writers are people like Emily Bront? who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination." James Michener
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"The really great writers are people like Emily Brontë who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination." James Michener
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"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." James Michener
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