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I wanted to make sure that the man who found the genie
by Sidney Sheldon

I wanted to make sure that the man who found the genie
would not take terrible advantage of her,
so he needed to be a person of integrity and honor -
which is why I made the male lead an astronaut.
The rest, as they say, is history.
- Sidney Sheldon

The only one who can make you give up is yourself.
- Sidney Sheldon

Don't give up. There are too many nay-sayers out there
who will try to discourage you.
Don't listen to them.
The only one who can make you give up is yourself.
- Sidney Sheldon

Talent is a gift that can be given, and it can be taken away.
We have to appreciate that.
- Sidney Sheldon

 

I will not write about anyplace in the world unless
I've been there to personally research it.
- Sidney Sheldon

I go to great lengths to make certain situations feel right to the reader.
- Sidney Sheldon

Women's value has been under-recognized for far too long.
- Sidney Sheldon

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What I do is put my characters into situations that
are so precarious there is no way to get out.
And then I figure how to get them out.
- Sidney Sheldon

The fact that my female characters have strong personalities
but are also physically attractive probably reflects
the women I've known in my life.
- Sidney Sheldon

When you write a movie, you have a hundred collaborators.
But when you write a novel, it's yours.
- Sidney Sheldon

There's this sense of excitement because you invent
and control the characters.
You decide whether they live or die.
I find this type of creative process tremendously stimulating.
- Sidney Sheldon

Writing novels is the most exciting.
- Sidney Sheldon

My heroes are those who risk their lives every day
to protect our world and make it a better place -
police,
firefighters and members of our armed forces.
- Sidney Sheldon

I worked in Hollywood as a reader and a would-be writer
for about 6 years before I sold my first story.
- Sidney Sheldon

I think people throughout the world identify with my characters.
- Sidney Sheldon

If there is any secret to my success,
I think it's that my characters are very real to me.
I feel everything they feel, and therefore I think
my readers care about them.
- Sidney Sheldon

Try to leave the Earth a better place than when you arrived.
- Sidney Sheldon

In a novel, on the other hand, you not only have to describe the rooms,
but the clothes, the characters and what they are thinking.
It's a much more in-depth process.
- Sidney Sheldon

I try to give both my heroes and villains an emotional
dimensionality which provides the motivation for their actions.
- Sidney Sheldon

When people tell me I've kept them up all night,
I feel like I've succeeded.
- Sidney Sheldon

I admire people who are, by nature, kind and fair to others.
- Sidney Sheldon

The thing that made Groucho special was the way he used his body parts.
He also had a wicked tongue.
People didn't realize it, but when Groucho said something,
he meant it.
- Sidney Sheldon

I love the freedom that the narrative form provides.
- Sidney Sheldon

The part of my writing I find the most rewarding is
when people write to me or speak to me in public to
tell me how his or her life has been changed by my books.
- Sidney Sheldon

Usually, when people get to the end of a chapter,
they close the book and go to sleep.
I deliberately write a book so when the reader gets
to the end of the chapter,
he or she must turn one more page.
- Sidney Sheldon

Another woman approached me while I was having lunch
at the Russian Tea Room in New York and told me that
the reason she had become a lawyer was because she
had read 'Rage of Angels'.
To me, that kind of feedback has more meaning than any sales figures.
- Sidney Sheldon

I always spend time exploring the customs and attitudes
of the countries I'm using for locations,
and interviewing the people who live there.
I've visited over 90 countries thus far.
- Sidney Sheldon

The Dalai Lama.
He is a very wise man of great inner peace who believes
that happiness is the purpose of our lives.
Through his teachings and leadership,
he continues to make this world a better place in which to live.
- Sidney Sheldon

I think that's because believable action is based on authenticity,
and accuracy is very important to me.
I always spend time researching my novels,
exploring the customs and attitudes of the county I'm using for their setting.
- Sidney Sheldon

Stories had always been told about male genies coming out of bottles,
but they were usually fat, old men.
Never had the genie been a gorgeous woman,
so that idea really appealed to me, and I created the
series based on that premise.
- Sidney Sheldon

Abraham Lincoln because he was a man filled with great
compassion who believed that all men are created free and equal,
and was not afraid to stand on that platform.
The way Lincoln lived his life has served me well in mine.
- Sidney Sheldon

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

Even the rich are hungry for love,
for being cared for, for being wanted,
for having someone to call their own.
- Mother Teresa

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In all our contacts, it is probably the sense
of being really needed and wanted
which gives us the greatest satisfaction
and creates the most lasting bond.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand.
"I just wanted to be sure of you."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I
should have been more specific.
- Lily Tomlin

I wanted to marry a girl just like my mom.
- Michael Bergin

After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her,
and after half an hour
I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse.
- the movie Take the Money and Run (1969)

If God wanted us to bend over he'd put diamonds on the floor.
- Joan Rivers

I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered
my father as somebody I wanted to please.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

In my prayers I never said I needed a home.
I said I wanted a sanctuary.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Today is the right day to do
what you have long wanted to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Both my mother and father were very supportive of any
career move any of us wanted to make.
- James Gandolfini

I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia.
I, uh, I wanted to meet interesting
and stimulating people of an ancient culture,
and kill them.
- the movie Full Metal Jacket

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man.
At a very early age, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did,
which was work in an office.
- Harrison Ford

I wanted to take up music, so my father bought me a blunt instrument.
He told me to knock myself out.
- Jay London

If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.
- Mel Brooks

I wanted to be with the kind of people I'd grown up with,
but you can't go back to them and be one of them again,
no matter how hard you try.
- Ethel Waters

Growing up, I wanted desperately to please,
to be a good girl.
- Claire Danes

Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things
no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving
America a new sense of purpose.
- Andy Rooney

Secretly, I wanted to look like Jimi Hendrix,
but I could never quite pull it off.
- Bryan Ferry

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.
- Charles Simic

I wanted to know the name of every stone
and flower and insect and bird and beast.
I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life -
but there was no one to tell me.
- George Washington Carver

There's sometimes a weird benefit to having an alcoholic,
violent father.
He really motivated me in that I never wanted to be anything like him.
- Dean Koontz

I realized my family was funny, because nobody ever
wanted to leave our house.
- Anthony Anderson

I always imagined I could be what I wanted to be.
- Chris Brown

Love cannot endure indifference.
It needs to be wanted.
Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart,
or its flame burns low.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I wanted to escape so badly.
But of course I knew I couldn't just give up and leave school.
It was only when I heard my mom's voice that I came out of my hiding place.
- Zhang Ziyi

I wish my mother had left me something about how she felt growing up.
I wish my grandmother had done the same.
I wanted my girls to know me.
- Carol Burnett

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

Designers are very fickle.
I never wanted to be a victim of that.
You're in one minute, out the next.
- Tyra Banks

I have often wanted to drown my troubles,
but I can't get my wife to go swimming.
- Anonymous

I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 11 years of age.
- Johnnie Cochran

I drank some boiling water because I wanted to whistle.
- Mitch Hedberg

I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one.
So I got a cake.
- Mitch Hedberg

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American
people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
- Barry Commoner

My mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday,
so I said I wanted to read poetry with her.
- Guy Johnson

My boyfriend and I broke up.
He wanted to get married and I didn't want him to.
- Rita Rudner

This is a wonderful way to celebrate an 80th birthday...
I wanted to be 65 again, but they wouldn't let me -
Homeland Security.
- Art Buchwald

I didn't put out this album because I wanted everybody to know I was grown up.
I'm 21 and that's not grown up.
- Justin Timberlake


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