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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.
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.

The really great writers are people like Emily Bronte who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination.
The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality. The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality.
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
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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