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Leon Uris Quotes





A novelist must know what his last chapter is going to say and one way or another work toward that last chapter. ... To me it is utterly basic, yet it seems like it's a great secret.
[Goals]
 

English of course is your major tool, but it is not nearly so important as other aspects of writing for example you have to have some natural ability you can't buy it no one puts it there you're born with it.
 

I am very proud of this work because it is more about the meaning of the Easter Rising and its relationship to what this whole century has been about, people liberating themselves, freeing themselves.
 

I do not write for an audience.
 

I enjoy writing, sometimes; I think that most writers will tell you about the agony of writing more than the joy of writing, but writing is what I was meant to do.
[Agony]
 

I essentially write for myself.
 

I have been writing for 50 years and readers still read my first book from when I was in the Marine Corps.
 

I have drawn inspiration from the Marine Corps, the Jewish struggle in Palestine and Israel, and the Irish.
 

I was a terrible English student.
 

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

It is extremely important to know what you don't want to find.
 

My first book was rejected nine times. It turned out to be a best seller, Battle Cry? in 1953.
 

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

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

So writing is a very, very difficult position to obtain... and retain.
 

Talent isn't enough. You need motivation-and persistence, too: what Steinbeck called a blend of faith and arrogance. When you're young, plain old poverty can be enough, along with an insatiable hunger for recognition. You have to have that feeling of "I'll show them." If you don't have it, don't become a writer.
[Motivation]
 

Usually a good part of the people trying it end up not making it.
 

Writing, basically breaks down to relationships between people and that is what you write about.
 

You can try to reach an audience, but you just write what comes out of you and you just hope that it is accepted. You do not write specifically to a generation.