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James A. Michener Quotes

"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."

"If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life."

"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home."

"I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter."

"I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions."

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

"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."

"Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries."

"Russia, France, Germany and China. They revere their writers. America is still a frontier country that almost shudders at the idea of creative expression."

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

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

"The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality. The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality."

"There are no insoluble problems. Only time-consuming ones."

"Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them."

"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."

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

"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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