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Bernard Cornwell Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Bernard Cornwell.

So far it's 43 books in 25 years.
- Bernard Cornwell

Writing is a solitary occupation.
- Bernard Cornwell

Television is a young person's medium.
- Bernard Cornwell

Of course some days are easier than others,
but my worst day is better than being in most humdrum occupations.
- Bernard Cornwell

 

Agents will read unpublished work because they might make money,
and that's their job.
It isn't mine.
- Bernard Cornwell

Judy couldn't move to Britain for family reasons,
so I had to come to the States, and the U.S.
government wouldn't give me a Green Card,
so I airily told her I'd write a book.
- Bernard Cornwell

I'm fortunate that the books sell, but even more fortunate to live in Chatham,
to be very happily married and to have,
on the whole, a fairly clear conscience.
- Bernard Cornwell

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Book tours and research provide a lot of travel -
too much,
I sometimes think, but we do take vacations.
- Bernard Cornwell

What I mean by that is that the point of life,
as I see it, is not to write books or scale mountains or sail oceans,
but to achieve happiness, and preferably an unselfish happiness.
- Bernard Cornwell

At risk of sounding foully pompous I think that writers'
groups are probably very useful at the beginning of a writing career.
- Bernard Cornwell

One book at a time...
though I'm usually doing the research for others while I'm writing,
but that sort of research is fairly desultory and I
like to stick to the book being written -
and writing a book concentrates the mind so the research is more productive.
- Bernard Cornwell

Anyone who claims to have an entirely clear conscience
is almost certainly a bore.
- Bernard Cornwell

I know nothing about producing TV drama and any involvement
on my part is liable to prove an obstacle to the producers,
so I prefer to be a cheerleader and let them get on with it.
- Bernard Cornwell

I sometimes wonder what would have happened if the
first book had not sold...
doesn't bear thinking about, but I suppose we'd have made it work somehow.
- Bernard Cornwell

Looking back, of course, it was irresponsible,
mad, forlorn, idiotic, but if you don't take chances
then you'll never have a winning hand,
and I've no regrets.
- Bernard Cornwell

And yes, there's a simplicity to writing books because
you're not a member of a team,
so you make all the decisions yourself instead of deferring to a committee.
- Bernard Cornwell

I volunteered for this life, wanted it and am not going
to bitch about it now that I've got it.
- Bernard Cornwell

I'll happily mentor anyone who wants mentoring,
and most of that goes on by internet rather than face to face.
- Bernard Cornwell

It's fun.
I sit down every day and tell stories.
Some folk would kill to get that chance.
- Bernard Cornwell

So the books have a greater appeal to a British audience,
but that hasn't stopped them making best-seller lists in places like Brazil,
Japan and at least a dozen other countries.
- Bernard Cornwell

Then you start another book and suddenly the galley
proofs of the last one come in and you have to wrench
your attention away from what you're writing and try
to remember what you were thinking when you wrote the previous one.
- Bernard Cornwell

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

Your example is far more influential and inspiring
than any words of instruction, or threats,
or even words of encouragement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Most of us love, to be sure.
Yet far too often our love is passive.
We must be proactive in our love
in order for it to change our lives.
- Marianne Williamson

As far as we can discern,
the sole purpose of human existence
is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
- Carl Jung

Plant trees for your great-grandchildren -
for future generations.
Create the legacy of a better world.
Leave this world a better place than you found it.
Literally planting trees for
your great-grandchildren is a wonderful idea,
but far more important...
use this symbolism - this imagery -
to represent the kind of legacy
you want to leave to future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man loses pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is far better to be alone,
than to be in bad company.
- George Washington

The Answers of Spirit are far more powerful
than the Questions of our small minds.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faith is the highest passion in a human being.
Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.
- Soren Kierkegaard

From far beyond this life,
I hear the call.
From place beyond all place,
I feel the call.
From time before all time,
I know the call.
From one before all ones,
I am the call.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

How far you go in life depends on you being
tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

How far you can go without destroying from within
what you are trying to defend from without?
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Life is far too important a thing
ever to talk seriously about.
- Oscar Wilde

The physician can bury his mistakes,
but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines -
so they should go as far as possible from home
to build their first buildings.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

I never saw a discontented tree.
They grip the ground as though they liked it,
and though fast rooted, they travel about as far as we do.
- John Muir

It is far more impressive when others
discover your good qualities without your help.
- Judith Martin

Far from idleness being the root of all evil,
it is rather the only true good.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer
is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
- Theodore Roosevelt

A man in debt is so far a slave.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship,
and it is far the best ending for one.
- Oscar Wilde

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
- John Muir

There are risks and costs to action.
But they are far less than the long range
risks of comfortable inaction.
- John F. Kennedy

In soloing - as in other activities -
it is far easier to start something
than it is to finish it.
- Amelia Earhart

It is a mistake to look too far ahead.
Only one link in the chain of destiny
can be handled at a time.
- Winston Churchill

Little do men perceive what solitude is,
and how far it extendeth.
For a crowd is not company,
and faces are but a gallery of pictures,
and talk but a tinkling cymbal,
where there is no love.
- Francis Bacon

Trees go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,
going and coming like ourselves,
traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day,
and through space heaven knows how fast and far!
- John Muir

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness,
and the word happy would lose its meaning
if it were not balanced by sadness.
It is far better take things as they come along
with patience and equanimity.
- Carl Jung

I intend to live forever.
So far, so good.
- Steven Wright

Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though chequered by failure,
than to take rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
because they live in the grey twilight
that knows not victory or defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Working at a job you hate is unlikely
to bring you either happiness or success.
Do what you love. You are far more likely to gain success -
recognition and financial reward - if you are working
at something that inspires and excites you.
And, whether wealth follows or not, you will be happy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When life offers you a dream so far
beyond any of your expectations,
it's not reasonable to grieve when it comes to an end.
- Bella, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
'Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Better do a good deed near at home
than go far away to burn incense.
- Amelia Earhart

To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man.
Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.
- Charles Edwards

These men ask for just the same thing,
fairness, and fairness only.
This, so far as in my power,
they, and all others, shall have.
- Abraham Lincoln

Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour
when every one has to throw off his mask?
Do you believe that life will always let itself be mocked?
Do you think you can slip away a little before midnight
in order to avoid this? Or are you not terrified by it?
I have seen men in real life who so long deceived others
that at last their true nature could not reveal itself;...
In every man there is something which to a certain degree
prevents him from becoming perfectly transparent to himself;
and this may be the case in so high a degree,
he may be so inexplicably woven into relationships of life
which extend far beyond himself that he almost cannot reveal himself.
But he who cannot reveal himself cannot love,
and he who cannot love is the most unhappy man of all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Most people never run far enough on their first wind
to find out they've got a second.
- William James

Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven.
- Henry Ward Beecher

It is an interesting question how far men
would retain their relative rank
if they were divested of their clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

To be seventy years young is sometimes
far more cheerful and hopeful
than to be forty years old.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

There are a number of things wrong with Washington.
One of them is that everyone is too far from home.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Lose not yourself in a far off time,
seize the moment that is thine.
- Friedrich Schiller

Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.
- Edward de Bono

The problem in defense is
how far you can go without destroying from within
what you are trying to defend from without.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The artist's world is limitless.
It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.
It is always on his doorstep.
- Paul Strand

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.
- Knute Rockne


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