James Albert Michener

1907 - 1997

A Quote by James Albert Michener on masters, living, art, work, play, love, and religion

The masters in the art of living make little distinction between their work and their play, their labor and their leisure, their minds and their bodies, their information, their recreation, their love and their religion. They hardly know which is which, they simply pursue their vision of excellence at whatever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing.

James Albert Michener (1907 - 1997)

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A Quote by James Albert Michener on age, darkness, failure, and people

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

James Albert Michener (1907 - 1997)

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A Quote by James Albert Michener on experience, imagination, people, and writers

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 Albert Michener (1907 - 1997)

Source: "The Michener Phenomenon," New York Times, 8 September 1985.

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A Quote by James Albert Michener on belief, death, and ideas

No idea is ever dead until those who believe in it say it's dead.

James Albert Michener (1907 - 1997)

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A Quote by James Albert Michener on fear, food, home, people, religion, and water

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.

James Albert Michener (1907 - 1997)

Source: Good Advice, ed. Wm. Safire & Leonard Safire, 1982.

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A Quote by James Albert Michener on confusion, defeat, dreams, life, reality, and temptation

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

James Albert Michener (1907 - 1997)

Source: The Drifters.

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A Quote by James Albert Michener on preparation

We are never prepared for what we expect.

James Albert Michener (1907 - 1997)

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A Quote by James Albert Michener

Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today, because if you enjoy it today you can do it again tomorrow.

James Albert Michener (1907 - 1997)

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A Quote by James Albert Michener on character

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

James Albert Michener (1907 - 1997)

Source: Chesapeake, 1978.

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A Quote by James Albert Michener on composers and work

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.

James Albert Michener (1907 - 1997)

Source: At age 75, in “Michener Looks at 1984," Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph," 1984.

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