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Michael Korda Quotes

What you hear repeatedly you will eventually believe.
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We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way. -Irving Townshend, Separate Lives

— Michael Korda

Ask a book publisher how many copies a book has sold, and he or she, presuming you're not the author, will probably try to remember the size of the first printing, then double it. If you're the author, the publisher will try to remember the number of copies that were shipped and cut that in half in order to avoid encouraging you to expect a big royalty check.

— Michael Korda

Lee was a born pedagogue, never happier than when his children were learning to do something the right way. It is a testament to Lee's affection and patience that his children did not rebel. In fact, they appear to have thrived.

— Michael Korda

To have a childhood surrounded by people like Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh sounds glitzy, but for years I wanted to repress it. I couldn't take that kind of power and success.

— Michael Korda

The more you can dream, the more you can do.

— Michael Korda

Numbers of sales do not correspond to numbers of readers.

— Michael Korda

The purely agitation attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject.

— Michael Korda

An ounce of hypocrisy is worth a pound of ambition.

— Michael Korda

What you hear repeatedly you will eventually believe.

— Michael Korda

I always thought of myself as a kind of literary bureaucrat. And that was never going to be enough for me.

— Michael Korda

The novelist wants to know how things will turn out; the historian already knows how things turned out, but wants to know why they turned out the way they did.

— Michael Korda

Curiosity is the best motive for writing: curiosity about the world at large, or about oneself.

— Michael Korda

Write it down. Written goals have a way of transforming wishes into wants; cant's into cans; dreams into plans; and plans into reality. Don't just think it - ink it!

— Michael Korda

Even the most careful and expensive marketing plans cannot sell people a book they don't want to read.

— Michael Korda

The first rule of success, and the one that supersedes all others, is to have energy. It is important to know how to concentrate it, how to husband it, how to focus it on important things instead of frittering it away on trivia.

— Michael Korda

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