James A. Michener Quotes

James A. Michener Quotes: For all its enormous range of space, climate, and physical appearance, and for all the internal squabbles, contentions, and strivings, what you northerners never appreciate...is that Texas is so big that you can live your life within its limits and never give a damn about what anyone in Boston or San Francisco thinks.
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James A. Michener Quote: 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.
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Quotes about James A. Michener: 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.
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Quote about James A. Michener: Never forget, son, when you represent Texas, always go first class.
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James A. Michener Sayings: I thought that perhaps the most creative mix for a society would be nine parts solid worker from institutions like MIT to one part poet from Marrakech, but in spite of the fact that I myself had been trained to be one of the solid workers, which meant that all of my sympathies lay with that group, I would not surrender the poet. The problem was to find him.
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James A. Michener Saying: I've spent my life trying to be better than I was, and I am a brother to all who share the same aspiration.
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Sayings about James A. Michener: The arrogance of the artist is a very profound thing, and it fortifies you.
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Saying about James A. Michener: There are no insoluble problems. Only time-consuming ones.
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James A. Michener Quotes: [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.
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James A. Michener Quote: I had been educated with free scholarships. I went to nine different universities, always at public expense, and when you have that experience, you are almost obligated to give it back. It's as simple as that.
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Quotes about James A. Michener: Not too many people work in a job where, waiting out there are three or four hundred people who are paid to tear apart what you've done. And often they are brighter than you are, or they know more about the subject than you do, or they wish they had written a book themselves, or done a lot better. Or they just don't like it! And you have to live with it.
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Quote about James A. Michener: 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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