Top 10 most inspiring quotes by James A. Michener
- If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.
- An age is called Dark, not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.
- The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality. The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality.
- If your book doesn’t keep you up nights when you are writing it, it won’t keep anyone up nights reading it.
- A nation becomes what its young people read in their youth. Its ideals are fashioned then, its goals strongly determined.
- For this is the journey that men make, to find themselves. If they fail in this, it doesn’t matter much what else they find.
- Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.
- When this is over, I’m not going to be the same guy. I’m going to live as if I were a great man.
- A soldier lives always for the next battle, because he knows that before it arrives impossible changes can occur in his favor.
- We seek God so earnestly, Eliav reflected, not to find Him but to discover ourselves.
James Albert Michener (1907-1997) was an American author known for his epic historical fiction novels. He was born on February 3, 1907, in New York City, and was adopted by a widow named Mabel Michener. He grew up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and later attended Swarthmore College, where he studied English literature and graduated in 1929.
After college, Michener taught English at various schools and universities, including the George School in Pennsylvania. He also served as a social studies and history teacher at the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. In 1933, he received a Master of Arts degree from the Colorado State College of Education (now the University of Northern Colorado).
During World War II, Michener served in the United States Navy as a naval historian in the South Pacific. This experience would later inspire his most famous work, “Tales of the South Pacific,” which was published in 1947. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948 and was adapted into the successful musical “South Pacific” in 1949.
Michener went on to write numerous other novels, often focusing on specific regions or historical periods, including “Hawaii” (1959), “The Source” (1965), “Centennial” (1974), and “Texas” (1985). His novels were known for their meticulous research, sweeping narratives, and detailed exploration of the cultural, political, and social aspects of the locations and time periods he portrayed.
In addition to his novels, Michener also wrote non-fiction works, travel essays, and memoirs. He received many awards and honors throughout his career, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.
James A. Michener passed away on October 16, 1997, at the age of 90, in Austin, Texas. His literary legacy continues to captivate readers with its grand storytelling and rich historical detail.
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