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James A. Michener Quotes and Sayings

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I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
- James A. Michener

The really great writers are people like Emily Bronte
who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience
and unlimited imagination.
- James A. Michener

They were a group of two dozen nurses completely surrounded
by 100,000 unattached American men.
- James A. Michener

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.
- James A. Michener

 

Scientists dream about doing great things.
Engineers do them.
- James A. Michener

If you reject the food, ignore the customs,
fear the religion and avoid the people,
you might better stay at home.
- James A. Michener

It takes courage to know when you ought to be afraid.
- James A. Michener

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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.
- James A. Michener

The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality.
The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality.
- James A. Michener

There are no insoluble problems.
Only time-consuming ones.
- James A. Michener

The arrogance of the artist is a very profound thing,
and it fortifies you.
- James A. Michener

I love writing.
I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.
- James A. Michener

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.
- James A. Michener

Russia, France, Germany and China.
They revere their writers.
America is still a frontier country that almost shudders
at the idea of creative expression.
- James A. Michener

Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
- James A. Michener

If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion
which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.
- James A. Michener

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine,
but because people refuse to see it.
- 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.
- James A. Michener

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson PHOTO

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi PHOTO

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell PHOTO

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott PHOTO

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson PHOTO

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's not whether you get knocked down;
it's whether you get back up.
- Vince Lombardi

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.
- Chinese Proverb

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

Love is granting another the space to be
the way they are and the way they are not.
- Werner Erhard

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless when facing them.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If things are not as you wish,
wish them as they are.
- Yiddish Proverb

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain

Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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