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James A. Michener

Geburtstag: 3. Februar 1907
Todesdatum: 16. Oktober 1997
Andere Namen: جیمز ای میچنر

James Albert Michener war ein US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller.

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„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.“

—  James A. Michener

Academy of Achievement interview (1991)
Kontext: 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 boy scout master. 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.

„I am a humanist because I think humanity can, with constant moral guidance, create reasonably decent societies.“

—  James A. Michener, buch The World Is My Home

The World Is My Home (1991)
Kontext: 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.

„I don't know who my parents were. I know nothing about my inheritance.“

—  James A. Michener

Academy of Achievement interview (1991)
Kontext: 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.

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

—  James A. Michener

As quoted in Good Advice (1982) by William Safire and Leonard Safir. Original appearance in Holiday magazine, March 1956, pp. 40-51.

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„Writers turn dreams into print.“

—  James A. Michener

Quelle: Writer's Handbook: Explorations in Writing and Publishing

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