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I worked in Hollywood as a reader and a would-be writer
by 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

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

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

 

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

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

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When you write a movie, you have a hundred collaborators.
But when you write a novel, it's yours.
- 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 go to great lengths to make certain situations feel right to the reader.
- Sidney Sheldon

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

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

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

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

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

Writing novels is the most exciting.
- Sidney Sheldon

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true
were really true, there would be little hope of advance.
- Orville Wright

What motivated me? My mother.
My mother was an immigrant woman, a peasant woman,
struggled all her life, worked in the garment center.
- Al Lewis

It is a common experience that a problem difficult
at night is resolved in the morning after the committee
of sleep has worked on it.
- John Steinbeck

I've worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals.
I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down.
- Mia Hamm

My mother worked in factories, worked as a domestic,
worked in a restaurant, always had a second job.
- Ed Bradley

World War II was the last government program that really worked.
- George Will

I've always just worked and tried to do as good a job
as possible so that the people who are watching me took notice.
That's what's helped me be successful today.
- Maria Bartiromo

And then it was working with Bob Hoskins,
who I had never worked with before -
except radio.
It was like being given a wonderful meal -
full of the things you love most.
- Judi Dench

He was very much concerned with logic and function,
he always worked his solos out before playing them.
- Jamie Muir

I always imagine later on these songs I could've played with a band,
but it never worked out that way.
- Nuno Bettencourt

I worked in a pet store and people would ask how big I would get.
- Rodney Dangerfield

I made up my mind several years ago that I had worked
very hard to get to where I am in life and that I was
only going to do things that are fun and exciting.
- Andy Williams

The role seemed to demand that I keep myself worked up to fever pitch,
so I took on the actual attributes of the horrible vampire,
Dracula.
- Bela Lugosi

I have been an actor now for 40 years having worked
in over 10 countries and three languages.
- Nick Mancuso

Well, the Empire State was about 40' high in the studio.
King Kong was a little model about 2' high,
and the scenery that he worked in was in proportion to his size.
- Fay Wray

I started in a research lab for TV cameras,
then I worked at a tape duplication facility.
That was the first introduction for me to recorded music and hi-fi.
- Alan Parsons

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and EPA,
et cetera, had worked out what allowable releases are.
- William Scranton

Our mothers and fathers want change.
They worked all of their lives, but today live in destitution.
- Viktor Yushchenko

Our region's economy was built upon their entrepreneurial spirit,
and our economy still depends on the continued success
of the enterprises they have worked so hard to create.
- Doc Hastings

What commercialism has brought into Linux has been
the incentive to make a good distribution that is easy
to use and that has all the packaging issues worked out.
- Linus Torvalds

I lived in Paris when I was 20 and 21,
and actually knew people that worked for the government there,
that talked about terrorism in the country 20 years ago.
- Andie MacDowell

During the many centuries that magic,
here on this planet, was presumed to have worked,
there were at least as many theories as to how magic
worked as there were cultures and religions.
- Lynn Abbey

If you see the picture when things get exciting,
he chews faster.
When he really gets shocked, everything stops,
including the chewing.
So I worked it in for me.
- Rod Steiger

We met with the poet Frank O'Hara, who was a link between Upper and Lower Bohemia,
and who worked at the Museum of Modern Art,
where we had hoped to do the readings.
- David Amram

It's always a help when you have worked with someone
as you've got to know them a bit already.
- Saffron Burrows

Louis B. Mayer once looked at me and said, 'You will
never get the girl at the end'.
So I worked on my acting.
- Van Heflin

I've worked with a lot of people who are more famous
than myself who are terribly insecure.
- Barry Gibb

I have worked to expand the health care debate beyond
the current for-profit system,
to include a public option and an amendment to free
the states to pursue single payer.
- Dennis Kucinich

Fortunately, John Houseman is a marvelous writer and
he sat in on so many story conferences.
He worked with Welles, you know, and he's a marvelous man.
- Vincente Minnelli

I really worked with icons in the music business,
which really had a strong effect on me.
It wasn't just pick-up gigs.
- Kevin Eubanks

I understood jazz, I understood how it worked.
That's what I apply to everything.
- Van Morrison

I used to get some ego thing out of saying I wasn't a star,
just an actress.
Forget it.
I'm a star.
I wanted it.
I worked for it.
I got it.
- Valerie Harper

No, I worked a lot for European television,
doing documentaries in Brazil.
- Walter Salles

I always thought that Bill Murray was one of the great
actors that I've worked with.
And I've worked with all kinds of people who are known
primarily for their dramatic work.
- Ivan Reitman

I had been very close to Anne Bancroft when we worked
together in The Miracle Worker.
- Patty Duke

Frank Capra was a prop man, I think.
John Ford was a prop man.
It was a little bit of a father and son thing,
and you kind of worked your way up.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I have worked hard to improve my consistency in my driving,
irons, short game, and putting.
- Natalie Gulbis

I've always worked on the machines, especially the
125 and 250 which are really difficult to set up.
- Joey Dunlop

I'm used to working alone.
Frankly with some of the actors I've worked with,
I've felt like I was working alone.
- Claudia Christian

My father is a man of impeccable character who has
worked tirelessly for the United Nations for many years.
His integrity is beyond reproach.
- Kojo Annan


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