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James Michener
(1907-1997) born on
Feb 03
US novelist. He is famous for novels about specific locales; wrote "Tales of the South Pacific," 1947; "Hawaii," 1959; "Centennial," 1974; "Alaska," 1988.
         
   
F
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. You are like a pebble thrown into water; you become wet on the surface, but are never part of the water.

R
The really great writers are people like Emily Bronte who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination.
A
The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality. The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality.
N
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
K
It heartens me to think of Verdi who composed thundering operas in his eighties; Michelangelo who did fine work in his ninetieth year, and Titian, who painted better than ever in his one hundredth.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Good Advice," ed. Wm. Safire & Leonard Safire, 1982.
R: In "The Michener Phenomenon," "NY Times," 8 Sep 1985.
A: "The Drifters."
N: "Chesapeake, 1978."
K: At age 75; in "Michener Looks at 1984," "Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph," 1984.
   


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