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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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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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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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.

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