Q – Leon Uris

Leon Uris 1924 – 2003 was an American author of historical fiction.

 

‘It is extremely important to know what you don’t want to find’

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‘You aren’t a true husband/man until you’ve done the work of a wife/woman’

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‘To be homeward bound, no matter what tragic memories you have harboured, is unlike any voyage a man can ever make’

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‘Often we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies’

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‘Anyone who goes into writing has to find out somewhere along the line, he’s either naïve or insane’

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‘I do not write for an audience’

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‘All you have the right to ask of life is to choose a battle in this war, make the best you can, and leave the field with honour’

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‘Love can’t mature in one room. It has to come out of the full sharing of everything: joys, aspirations, downfalls, all of it. That’s the only real path to love’

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‘After all the only thing that is going to save mankind is if enough people live their lives for something or someone other than themselves’

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‘Research to me is as important or more important than the writing. It is the foundation upon which the book is built’

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‘Life hinges on many factors we cannot control. Two of the most important factors, we can control.
We can manage our relationships, and what is life but a series of relationships? and we can correct our mistakes, here on earth within our life span’

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‘A soldier has one item that cannot be neglected. His feet. They are his wheels, his mechanised warfare’

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‘One of the cheapest commodities in the world is unfulfilled genius. All of us want to be known as a unique individual, the one who broke out of the pack. So, you offer yourself up as a sacrifice and what you’re afraid of is losing and being thrown back in the pack. One question taunts you. Do you want to have or do you want to be?’

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‘I was too heavy to be a jockey, and too honest to be a producer, so I became a writer’

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‘Pride is a fool’s fortress’

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‘The ability of a person to atone has always been the most remarkable of human features’

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