James A. Michener

#6467 James A. Michener

In 1948 I addressed some students at Washington and Lee University, and in the question-answer period one young man observed with asperity, "But it's easy for you to write. You've traveled." .

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#6468 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. .

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#6469 James A. Michener

A group of two dozen nurses completely surrounded by 100,000 unattached American men. .

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#6470 James A. Michener

On a bleak wintry morning some years ago I was summoned to the office of our naval attache at the American embassy in Kabul. .

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#6471 James A. Michener

On Tuesday the freighter steamed through the Straits of Gibraltar and for five days plowed eastward through the Mediterranean, past islands and peninsulas rich in history, so that on Saturday night the steward advised Dr. Cullinane, "If you wish an early sight of the Holy Land you must be up at dawn." .

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#6472 James A. Michener

Youth is truth. .

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#6473 James A. Michener

Only another writer, someone who had worked his heart out on a good book which sold three thousand copies, could appreciate the thrill that overcame me one April morning in 1973 when Dean Rivers of our small college in Georgia appeared at my classroom door. .

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#6474 James A. Michener

For some time now they had been suspicious of him. .

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#6475 James A. Michener

Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries. .

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#6476 James A. Michener

It was the silent time before dawn, along the shores of what had been one of the most beautiful lakes in southern Africa. .

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#6477 James A. Michener

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. .

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#6478 James A. Michener

I was surprised when shortly after New Year's Day of 1983, the Governor of Texas summoned me to his office, because I hadn't been aware that he knew I was in town. .

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#6479 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. .

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#6480 James A. Michener

The really great writers are people like Emily Bront .

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#6481 James A. Michener

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

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#6482 James A. Michener

About a billion years ago, long before the continents had separated to define the ancient oceans, or their own outlines had been determined, a small protuberance jutted out from the northwest corner of what would later become North America. .

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#6483 James A. Michener

The chief character in this narrative is the Caribbean Sea, one of the world's most alluring bodies of water, a rare gem among the oceans, defined by the islands that form a chain of lovely jewels to the north and east. .

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#6484 James A. Michener

I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century: that a writer never complains, never explains and never disdains. .

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#6485 James A. Michener

I decided (after listening to a "talk radio" commentator who abused, vilified, and scorned every noble cause to which I had devoted my entire life) that I was both aand a , each of the most dangerous and vilified type. I am a humanist because I think humanity can, with constant moral guidance, create a reasonably decent society. I am terrified of restrictive religious doctrine, having learned from history that when men who adhere to any form of it are in control, common men like me are in peril. I do not believe that pure reason can solve the perpetual problems unless it is modified by poetry and art and social vision. So I am a humanist. And if you want to charge me with being the most virulent kind—a —I accept the accusation. .

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#6486 James A. Michener

I had been sent to Mexico to cover a murder, one of a remarkable kind. .

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#6487 James A. Michener

I feel myself the inheritor of a great background of people. Just who, precisely, they were, I have never known. I might be part Negro, might be part Jew, part Muslim, part Irish. So I can't afford to be supercilious about any group of people because I may be that people. .

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#6488 James A. Michener

Millions upon millions of years ago, when the continents were already formed and the principal features of the earth had been decided, there existed, then as now, one aspect of the world that dwarfed all others… a mighty ocean, resting uneasily to the east of the largest continent, a restless ever-changing, gigantic body of water that would later be described as Pacific. .

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#6489 James A. Michener

Therefore, men of Polynesia and Boston and China and Mount Fuji and the barrios of the Philippines, do not come to these islands empty-handed, or craven in spirit, or afraid to starve. There is no food here. In these islands there is no certainty. Bring your own food, your own gods, your own flowers and fruits and concepts. For if you come without resources to these islands you will perish... On these harsh terms the islands waited. .

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#6490 James A. Michener

No man leaves where he is and seeks a distant place unless he is in some respect a failure. .

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#6491 James A. Michener

It is difficult to be king when the gods are changing. .

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#6492 James A. Michener

In later years, it would become fashionable to say of the missionaries, "They came to the islands to do good, and they did right well." Others made jest of the missionary slogan, "They came to a nation in darkness; they left it in light," by pointing out: "Of course they left Hawaii lighter. They stole every goddamned thing that wasn't nailed down." .

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#6493 James A. Michener

On : .

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#6494 James A. Michener

On 24 October 1944 Planet Earth was following its orbit about the sun as it has obediently done for nearly five billion years. .

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#6495 James A. Michener

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

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#6496 James A. Michener

In a small Polish farm community, during the fall planting season of 1981, events occurred which electrified the world, sending reverberations of magnitude to capitals as diverse as Washington, Peking and especially Moscow. .

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#6497 James A. Michener

No invader has ever conquered the heart of , that spirit which is the inheritance of sons and daughters, the private passion of families and the ancient, unbreakable tie to all those who came before. .

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#6498 James A. Michener

A Pole is a man born with a sword in his right hand, a brick in his left. When the battle is over, he starts to rebuild. .

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#6499 James A. Michener

...the crucial , which is not stressed in most current histories because it involved a Polish-Russian battle in which the Poles won. .

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#6500 James A. Michener

Second, after a painful gap without any king, and a furious struggle by various foreign powers to elect men favorable to them, the Seym chose a pathetic Polish incompetent, who had the good sense to die rather promptly. .

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#6501 James A. Michener

Silence, much more powerful than before, much more shot through with theand the accumulated wisdom of history. .

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#6502 James A. Michener

He had obtained a clearer view of his homeland by leaving it and seeing it through the eyes of others. .

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#6503 James A. Michener

needed a haircut, so he went down to the ground floor of the Kremlin and plopped into the chair. It was understood that at such times the barber was to say not a word, just cut hair. But this morning, after a few snips he said: "Comrade Brezhnev what are you going to do about Poland?" No reply. Some minutes later: "Comrade Brezhnev, what about Poland?" Again no reply. Then, pretty soon: "Comrade Brezhnev, you've got to do something about Poland." At this Brezhnev jumps out of the chair and tears away the cloth: "What's all this about Poland?" and the barber says: "It makes my job so much easier," and Brezhnev screams: "What do you mean?" and the barber says: "Every time I mention Poland your hair stands straight up on end." .

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#6504 James A. Michener

page 567 .

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#6505 James A. Michener

...organizations like the church orpromote a man up and up until he reaches a spot which he is obviously incapable of filling, and there they lay him to rest. .

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#6506 James A. Michener

[The church's] job is to provide permanent solace and spiritual leadership to the people as a whole, whatever their government at the moment, so long as it stays within the bounds of moral decency. .

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#6507 James A. Michener

(10 January 1991) .

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#6508 James A. Michener

I don't know who my parents were. I know nothing about my inheritance. I could be Jewish; I could be part Negro; I could be Irish; I could be Russian. I am spiritually a mix anyway, but I did have a solid childhood fortunately, because of some wonderful women who brought me up. I never had a father or a man in the house, and that was a loss, but you live with that loss. .

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#6509 James A. Michener

I do believe that everyone growing up faces differential opportunities. With me, it was books and travel and some good teachers. With somebody else, it may be a . With somebody else, it will be a clergyman. Somebody else, an uncle who was wiser than the father. I think young people ought to seek that differential experience that is going to knock them off dead center. I was a typical American school boy. I happened to get straight A's and be pretty good in sports. But I had no great vision of what I could be. And I never had any yearning. My job was to live through Friday afternoon, get through the week, and eat something. And then along came these differential experiences that you don't look for, that you don't plan for, but, boy, you better not miss them. The things that make you bigger than you are. The things that give you a vision. The things that give you a challenge. .

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#6510 James A. Michener

Not too many people work in a job where, waiting out there are three or four hundred people who are paid to tear apart what you've done. And often they are brighter than you are, or they know more about the subject than you do, or they wish they had written a book themselves, or done a lot better. Or they just don't like it! And you have to live with it. I have been very well treated by the critics in the long haul. .

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#6511 James A. Michener

Things are going to go wrong, and I think we are false to life if we don't portray it. But there is also the hope that some lucky clown is going to come along and stumble into the gold mine. And I think you are also entitled to hold out that hope. .

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#6512 James A. Michener

I am a humanist because I think humanity can, with constant moral guidance, create reasonably decent societies. I think that young people who want to understand the world can profit from the works of Plato and Socrates, the behaviour of the three Thomases, Aquinas, More and Jefferson — the austere analyses of Immanuel Kant and the political leadership of Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt. .

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#6513 James A. Michener

I am terrified of restrictive religious doctrine, having learned from history that when men who adhere to any form of it are in control, common men like me are in peril. .

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#197304 James A Michener

Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them. .

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