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#1. I do wish you'd break the careless habit of using the word American as if you had stolen it from the rest of us. Use norteamericano, because we Cubans and Mexicans and Uruguayans, we're also Americans. - Author: James A. Michener
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#2. It was the silent time before dawn, along the shores of what had been one of the most beautiful lakes in southern Africa. - Author: James A. Michener
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#3. It may seem contradictory, but in the languid tropics one spends more time contemplating those great good things of sound and sight and smell. - Author: James A. Michener
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#4. About a billion years ago, long before the continents had separated to define the ancient oceans, or their own outlines had been determined, a small protuberance jutted out from the northwest corner of what would later become North America. - Author: James A. Michener
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#5. 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. - Author: James A. Michener
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#6. A nation becomes what its young people read in their youth. Its ideals are fashioned then, its goals strongly determined. - Author: James A. Michener
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#7. 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. - Author: James A. Michener
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#8. The great writers, Conrad, Maugham and Melville, spent only a few years in the South Seas, but their memory of those waters was indestructible; for the nature of life in the islands commands attention to the vivid world and its even more vivid inhabitants. - Author: James A. Michener
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#9. I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions. - Author: James A. Michener
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#10. I was surprised when shortly after New Year's Day of 1983, the Governor of Texas summoned me to his office, because I hadn't been aware that he knew I was in town. - Author: James A. Michener
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#11. When I was growing up, my house was filled with books. My mother was an educator, and my father was a history buff, so our home was a virtual library, covering every author from Beverly Cleary to James Michener. - Author: Jeff Kinney
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#12. Only the rocks live forever, Gray Wolf said. - Author: James A. Michener
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#13. Religious hatreds ought not to be propagated at all, but certainly not on a tax-exempt basis. - Author: James A. Michener
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#14. I was born to a woman I never knew and raised by another who took in orphans. I do not know my background, my lineage, my biological or cultural heritage. But when I meet someone new, I treat them with respect ... For after all, they could be my people. - Author: James A. Michener
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#15. The sense of belonging is one of the great gifts men get in battle. - Author: James A. Michener
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#16. Mr Michener, as timeless as a stack of National Geographics, is the ultimate Summer Writer. Just as one goes back to the cottage in Maine, so one goes back to one's Michener. - Author: Wilfrid Sheed
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#17. You love the Hawaiians as potential Christians, but you despise them as people. I am proud to say that I have come to exactly the opposite conclusion, and it is therefore appropriate that I should be expelled from a mission where love is not. - Author: James A. Michener
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#18. For this is the journey that men make, to find themselves. If they fail in this, it doesn't matter much what else they find. - Author: James A. Michener
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#19. To travel across Spain and finally to reach Barcelona is like drinking a respectable red wine and finishing up with a bottle of champagne. - Author: James A. Michener
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#20. Maybe books are best, because you don't have to have money to read... A man can travel all over the world and come back the same kind of fool he was when he started. You can't do that with books. - Author: James A. Michener
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#21. Afghanistan, one of the most inconspicuous nations on earth. In 1946 it was just emerging from the bronze age, a land incredibly old, incredibly tied to an ancient past. At the embassy we used to say, Kabul today shows what Palestine was like at the time of Jesus. - Author: James A. Michener
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#22. 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. - Author: James A. Michener
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#23. If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life. - Author: James A. Michener
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#24. Only another writer, someone who had worked his heart out on a good book which sold three thousand copies, could appreciate the thrill that overcame me one April morning in 1973 when Dean Rivers of our small college in Georgia appeared at my classroom door - Author: James A. Michener
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#25. I don't know anyone who remembers meeting their parents when they were a baby so i'm just like everybody else. -Zoey (100% Real) - Author: Tara Michener
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#26. Writers turn dreams into print. - Author: James A. Michener
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#27. [The church's] job is to provide permanent solace and spiritual leadership to the people as a whole, whatever their government at the moment, so long as it stays within the bounds of moral decency. - Author: James A. Michener
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#28. Self-abuse is shockingly common, especially among people who have been conditioned to believe that they are to blame when things go wrong. - Author: Anna J. Michener
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#29. No idea is ever dead until those who believe in it say it's dead. - Author: James A. Michener
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#30. America is a nation with many flaws, but hopes so vast that only the cowardly would refuse to acknowledge them. - Author: James A. Michener
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#31. For of this world one never sees enough and to dine in harmony with nature is one of the gentlest and loveliest things we can do. - Author: James A. Michener
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#32. On 24 October 1944 Planet Earth was following its orbit about the sun as it has obediently done for nearly five billion years. - Author: James A. Michener
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#33. An age is called Dark, not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it. - Author: James A. Michener
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#34. As a younger man I wrote for eight years without ever earning a nickel which is a long apprenticeship, but in that time I learned a lot about my trade. - Author: James A. Michener
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#35. My principal flowers will be trees. Because when you plant trees, you're entitled to believe you'll live forever. So - Author: James A. Michener
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#36. You have to be eligible for luck to strike, and I think that's a matter of education and preparation, and character and all the other solid attributes that sometimes people laugh at. - Author: James A. Michener
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#37. At last he found the branching stream that flowed down from Blue Valley, and now he was guided by the little stone beaver that climbed the cliff. - Author: James A. Michener
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#38. how small he was and how wormy in manner, - Author: James A. Michener
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#39. From the time that money began to be regarded with honor, the real value of things was forgotten. - Author: James A. Michener
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#40. I have only one bit of advice to beginning writers: be sure your novel is read by Rodgers and Hammerstein. - Author: James A. Michener
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#41. During my lifetime I have met dozens of writers and photographers in dozens of different countries. But I have encountered no one who could both write and photograph with the artistry of Robert Vavra. - Author: James A. Michener
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#42. A writer can make a fortune in America, but he can't make a living. - Author: James A. Michener
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#43. Rice Krispies happens to be one of my favorite junk foods, just as I regard Michener as superior among junk writers. - Author: Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
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#44. The arrogance of the artist is a very profound thing, and it fortifies you. - Author: James A. Michener
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#45. The rules seem to be these: If you have written a successful novel, everyone invites you to write short stories. If you have written some good short stories, everyone wants you to write a novel. But nobody wants anything until you have already proved yourself by being published somewhere else. - Author: James A. Michener
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#46. The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality. The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality. - Author: James A. Michener
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#47. Looking at my reflection tonight, I see a new girl staring back at me. She has big hair and big eyes and a big heart. Not only is she the perfect size and pretty ... she is smart. -Mackenzie - Author: Tara Michener
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#48. Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries. - Author: James A. Michener
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#49. I was once asked if I'd like to meet the president of a certain country. I said, "No, but I'd love to meet some sheepherders." The sheepherders, farmers and taxi drivers are often the most interesting people. - Author: James A. Michener
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#50. I've spent my life trying to be better than I was, and I am a brother to all who share the same aspiration. - Author: James A. Michener
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#51. It is difficult to be king when the gods are changing. - Author: James A. Michener
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#52. They were a group of two dozen nurses completely surrounded by 100,000 unattached American men. - Author: James A. Michener
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#53. You don't fight to protect warships or old men. Like the book says, you fight to save your civilization. And so often it seems that civilization is composed mainly of the things women and children want. - Author: James A. Michener
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#54. To have courage. To have honor. Is very beautiful. - Author: James A. Michener
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#55. voluntary part of their - Author: James A. Michener
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#56. Creative geniuses are a slap-happy lot. Treat Them with respect. - Author: James A. Michener
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#57. Wherever a human being goes, there is a challenge. Be the best man you can, and your gods will look with favor upon you. - Author: James A. Michener
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#58. Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today because if you enjoy it today, you can do it again tomorrow. - Author: James A. Michener
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#59. I live for the few minutes I can talk with a sensible human being, but every time I do, I feel worse than before. - Author: James A. Michener
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#60. I wondered how a man ever got an English girl into bed. What did they do with her hockey stick? - Author: James A. Michener
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#61. When men ignite in their hearts a religious fury, they inflict at the same time a blindness on their eyes. - Author: James A. Michener
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#62. I don't always think of myself as ethnic ... my mom is Black, and my dad is White, and we like to call my race"Bi-racial". Everyone at camp is interesting because they just call me Black. -Mackenzie - Author: Tara Michener
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#63. I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century: that a writer never complains, never explains and never disdains. - Author: James A. Michener
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#64. I feel myself the inheritor of a great background of people. Just who, precisely, they were, I have never known. I might be part Negro, might be part Jew, part Muslim, part Irish. So I can't afford to be supercilious about any group of people because I may be that people. - Author: James A. Michener
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#65. Public libraries have been a mainstay of my life. They represent an individual's right to acquire knowledge; they are the sinews that bind civilized societies the world over. Without libraries, I would be a pauper, intellectually and spiritually. - Author: James A. Michener
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#66. Human affairs are not so happily arranged that the best things please the most men. It is the proof of a bad cause when it is applauded by the mob. - Author: James A. Michener
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#67. Never forget, son, when you represent Texas, always go first class. - Author: James A. Michener
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#68. With my pen I have engraved warrants of citizenship in the most remote corners, for truly the world has been my home. - Author: James A. Michener
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#69. We have won freedom, he brooded, but if we abuse it, or vote for cheap personal advantage, it won't be worth having. We are familiar with the abuses of kings, but because what we now attempt is new, we can't foresee its abuses. They'll come. - Author: James A. Michener
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#70. 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. - Author: James A. Michener
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#71. Any spot for which a man's forebears have bled and died will forever be his homeland. - Author: James A. Michener
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#72. Animals form an inalienable fragment of nature, and if we hasten the disappearance of even one species, we diminish our world and our place in it. - Author: James A. Michener
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#73. I am terrified of restrictive religious doctrine, having learned from history that when men who adhere to any form of it are in control, common men like me are in peril. [The World Is My Home (1991)] - Author: James A. Michener
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#74. 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. - Author: James A. Michener
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#75. First buy a cowboy hat and boots. Then you're on your way to being a Texan. - Author: James A. Michener
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#76. I never wrote anything that was published until I was forty. - Author: James A. Michener
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#77. It takes courage to know when you ought to be afraid. - Author: James A. Michener
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#78. I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter. - Author: James A. Michener
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#79. Contrary to what people think, I slave over my books. - Author: James A. Michener
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#80. When this is over, I'm not going to be the same guy. I'm going to live as if I were a great man. - Author: James A. Michener
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#81. Many people who want to be writers don't really want to be writers. They want to have been writers. They wish they had a book in print. - Author: James A. Michener
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#82. The city of Los Angeles is now some twenty-four hundred miles south of central Alaska, and since it is moving slowly northward as the San Andreas fault slides irresistibly along, the city is destined eventually to become part of Alaska. If - Author: James A. Michener
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#83. The extreme geniality of San Francisco's economic, intellectual and political climate makes it the most varied and challenging city in the United States. - Author: James A. Michener
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#84. All I can do is play the game the way the cards fall. - Author: James A. Michener
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#85. A lot of nonsense is spoken about work. Some of the finest men I've known were the laziest. Never work because it's expected of you. Find out how much work you must do to live and be happy. Don't do any more. - Author: James A. Michener
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#86. The chief character in this narrative is the Caribbean Sea, one of the world's most alluring bodies of water, a rare gem among the oceans, defined by the islands that form a chain of lovely jewels to the north and east - Author: James A. Michener
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#87. No man leaves where he is and seeks a distant place unless he is in some respect a failure. - Author: James A. Michener
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#88. We seek God so earnestly, Eliav reflected, not to find Him but to discover ourselves. - Author: James A. Michener
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#89. Unless you think you can do better than Tolstoy, we don't need you. - Author: James A. Michener
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#90. If a young aspirant had a modicum of skill and a busy typewriter she or he would sooner or later get a foothold in one of the magazines and a leaping start on the ladder upward. - Author: James A. Michener
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#91. western paintings did not occur. - Author: James A. Michener
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#92. I doubt, dearest child, that you could ever marry a Frenchman. They're not dependable. I've never believed that they're serious Catholics." He - Author: James A. Michener
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#93. I can't remember who said it - I think it was Allan Gurganus when he was visiting the Michener Center - but he told us to "spend [our] gold," meaning, put everything you have into a story. Other "gold" will be waiting for you for your next project. - Author: Mary J. Miller
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#94. I think the bottom line is that if you get through a childhood like mine, it's not at all bad. Obviously, you come out a pretty tough turkey, and you have had all the inoculations you need to keep you on a level keel for the rest of your life. The sad part is, most of us don't come out. - Author: James A. Michener
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#95. In six pages, I can't even say Hello. - Author: James A. Michener
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#96. It was his opinion that a man had to wait until he was dead to know the meaning of God, unless he happened to have known the sea in his youth. - Author: James A. Michener
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#97. In a small Polish farm community, during the fall planting season of 1981, events occurred which electrified the world, sending reverberations of magnitude to capitals as diverse as Washington, Peking and especially Moscow. - Author: James A. Michener
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#98. I do believe that everyone growing up faces differential opportunities. With me, it was books and travel and some good teachers. - Author: James A. Michener
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#99. At times, working in big cities far from nature, I have been sick with nesomania, and I think the reason is this: On the islands one has both the time and the inclination to communicate with the stars and the trees and the waves drifting ashore, one lives more intensely. - Author: James A. Michener
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#100. We are never prepared for what we expect. - Author: James A. Michener
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