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Books on horse racing subjects have never done well,
by Laura Hillenbrand

Books on horse racing subjects have never done well,
and I am told that publishers had come to think of
them as the literary version of box office poison.
- Laura Hillenbrand

My work was entirely nonfiction.
- Laura Hillenbrand

The biggest problem has been exhaustion.
I've spent about 6 of the last 14 years completely bedridden.
- Laura Hillenbrand

I think authors can get into trouble viewing the subject matter as their turf.
- Laura Hillenbrand

 

Having a lot of people suddenly depending on me to
get the job done was a marvelous motivator.
The book and movie deals seemed to flip a switch in my head,
and off I went.
- Laura Hillenbrand

But with nonfiction, the task is very straightforward:
Do the research,
tell the story.
- Laura Hillenbrand

I look at the film as an opportunity to see some bountifully
creative minds do something that I could not do -
tell the story with images.
I can't wait to see what they do.
- Laura Hillenbrand

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The following Wednesday, I opted to go with Random House.
- Laura Hillenbrand

I identified in a very deep way with the individuals
I was writing about because the theme that runs through
this story is of extraordinary hardship and the will to overcome it.
- Laura Hillenbrand

People think I must have been turning cartwheels on
the night I sealed the movie deal -
which was only two days after sealing the book deal -
but I was really quite terrified.
- Laura Hillenbrand

It only worked for a little while; the morning after
I agreed to go with Universal,
an article came out in the Hollywood trade papers,
and the secret was out.
- Laura Hillenbrand

I am disabled, so I can't travel, and I have not been
to any development meetings,
but Gary and the others affiliated with the film keep
me updated on everything.
- Laura Hillenbrand

My agent and I put out my proposal one Thursday afternoon in August,
1998.
Publishers started bidding immediately,
and that process progressed for a few days.
- Laura Hillenbrand

I had been writing professionally since 1988.
- Laura Hillenbrand

I have vertigo.
Vertigo makes it feel like the floor is pitching up and down.
Things seem to be spinning.
It's like standing on the deck of a ship in really high seas.
- Laura Hillenbrand

I lived for four years in the 1930s with these individuals
and the only time that I wasn't thinking about dealing
with physical suffering is when I was working on this book.
I've never been more alive as when I worked on this book.
- Laura Hillenbrand

For me, being a writer was never a choice.
I was born one.
All through my childhood I wrote short stories and stuffed them in drawers.
I wrote on everything.
I didn't do my homework so I could write.
- Laura Hillenbrand

I think if I had been writing fiction,
where the work is entirely dependent on the writer's
creativity and the potential directions the narrative might take are infinite,
I might have frozen.
- Laura Hillenbrand

And at that point, I think my experience in covering the subject helped me.
I think editors felt comfortable with the idea of me
telling this story because I had demonstrated that
I know this business pretty well.
- Laura Hillenbrand

I was starstruck and completely confused;
making a film of this story hadn't even occurred to me,
and I hadn't written a single line of the book yet.
I had no idea how this man knew anything about my book proposal.
- Laura Hillenbrand

Honestly, I expected to get a cold reception because of my subject matter.
But when editors took a look at the story I had to tell,
and saw that this was not a parochial story at all,
they really warmed to it.
- Laura Hillenbrand

I spoke to my agent and learned that a Hollywood scout
had seen my proposal in one of the publishing houses,
and had faxed it to Hollywood, where it was generating a lot of interest.
- Laura Hillenbrand

I am actually in poor health due to chronic fatigue
and immune dysfunction syndrome,
and my ability to work is greatly diminished right now,
so I have to get better before I can start another big project.
- Laura Hillenbrand

Since signing with Universal, I have been working closely with Gary Ross,
the director, producer and screenwriter.
We have spent many hours on the phone,
and I've been sending him information and items that
have been useful to the writing process.
- Laura Hillenbrand

In terms of writing about horses, I fell backwards into that.
I was intent on getting a Ph.D., becoming a professor,
and writing on history but I got sick 14 years ago when I was 19.
Getting sick derailed that plan completely.
- Laura Hillenbrand

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

Books are mirrors:
you only see in them what you already have inside you.
- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Books can only reveal us to ourselves,
and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
- Henry David Thoreau

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection,
not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.
- Martin Luther

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience:
this is the ideal life.
- Mark Twain

Books and friends should be few but good.
- Anonymous

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Books serve to show a man
that those original thoughts of his
aren't very new at all.
- Abraham Lincoln

Movies are not scripts - movies are films;
they're not books,
they're not the theatre.
- Nicolas Roeg

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers,
the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters,
and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
- John Lubbock

Books are the treasured wealth of the world
and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
- Henry David Thoreau

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,
finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
sermons in stones, and good in everything.
- William Shakespeare

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
- Horace

Books are the greatest gift one person can give another.
- Bono

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than
the metaphysics of books.
- Walt Whitman

Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense.
I just use the money for the poor.
I can't stop to count it.
- Evita Peron

I live alone, with cats, books, pictures,
fresh vegetables to cook, the garden,
the hens to feed.
- Jeanette Winterson

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read,
and all the friends I want to see.
- John Burroughs

A house without books is like a room without windows.
- Horace Mann

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

All of the books in the world contain no more information
than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year.
Not all bits have equal value.
- Carl Sagan

Be careful about reading health books.
You may die of a misprint.
- Mark Twain

If you want to read about love and marriage,
you've got to buy two separate books.
- Alan King

More books, more racing and more foolishness with cars
and motorcycles are in the works.
- Brock Yates

Read the best books first,
or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
- Henry David Thoreau

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person
walks in the woods and listens carefully,
he can learn more than what is in books,
for they speak with the voice of God.
- George Washington Carver

The man who does not read good books
has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
- Mark Twain

Books! I dunno if I ever told you this,
but books are the greatest gift one person can give another.
- Bono

The impulse to dream was slowly beaten out of me by experience.
Now it surged up again and I hungered for books,
new ways of looking and seeing.
- Richard Wright

Books have become our dearest companions,
yielding exquisite delights and inspiring lofty aims.
- George Henry Lewes

The last three books are much more a case of a moment of history,
what happened almost by accident or coincidence,
like being in the same elevator or lifeboat.
- Michael Ondaatje

If sex is such a natural phenomenon,
how come there are so many books on how to do it?
- Bette Midler

If you read a lot of books you are considered well read.
But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well viewed.
- Lily Tomlin

We still have pretty good sales, especially for the art books.
- Glenn Danzig

A couple of weeks after that, Zebra Books phoned with an offer,
and I accepted.
- George Stephen

I describe my works as books, but my publishers in Spain,
in the United States, and elsewhere insist on calling them novels.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I'm no different from anybody else.
If I don't have a card, I can't check out these books.
- Bess Truman

So the books have a greater appeal to a British audience,
but that hasn't stopped them making best-seller lists in places like Brazil,
Japan and at least a dozen other countries.
- Bernard Cornwell

Never loan a book to someone if you expect to get it back.
Loaning books is the same as giving them away.
- Doug Coupland

A single conversation across the table with a wise
man is better than ten years mere study of books.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Some books leave us free
and some books make us free.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the First Amendment means anything,
it means that a state has no business telling a man,
sitting alone in his house, what books he may read
or what films he may watch.
- Thurgood Marshall

The proper study of mankind is books.
- Aldous Huxley

My attitudes have changed, but somebody would have
to read all my books to find out how they have.
- Irwin Shaw


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