James Michener Quotes


15 James Michener quotes:



"Russia, France, Germany and China. They revere their writers. America is still a frontier country that almost shudders at the idea of creative expression."
"I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter."
"It takes courage to know when you ought to be afraid."
"There are no insoluble problems. Only time-consuming ones."
"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."
"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."
"The arrogance of the artist is a very profound thing, and it fortifies you."
"They were a group of two dozen nurses completely surrounded by 100,000 unattached American men."
"Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them."
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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."
"I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions."
"… 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."
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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."
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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."
"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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