Leon Uris

Literary Birthday – 3 August – Leon Uris

Leon Uris was born 3 August 1924, and died 21 June 2003.

Leon Uris Quotes

  1. I was too heavy to be a jockey and too honest to be a producer, so I became a writer.
  2. A novel takes the courage of a marathon runner, and as long as you have to run, you might as well be a winning marathon runner. Serendipity and blind faith in yourself won’t hurt a thing. All the bastards in the world will snicker and sneer because they haven’t the talent to zip up their flies by themselves. To hell with them, particularly the critics. Stand in there, son, no matter how badly you are battered and hurt.
  3. It is extremely important to know what you don’t want to find.
  4. Anyone who goes into writing has to find out somewhere along the line, he’s either naïve or insane.
  5. 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.
  6. To me, a writer is one of the most important soldiers in the fight for survival of the human race. He must stay at his post in the thick of fire to serve the cause of mankind.
  7. I know writers have to be crazy. But more than that that, they have to get mad and stay mad. If things don’t make a writer mad, he’ll end up writing Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.
  8. Often we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies.
  9. The ability of a person to atone has always been the most remarkable of human features.

Leon Uris was an American novelist. He was best known for his historical fiction and the deep research that went into his novels. Two of his bestselling books were the novels, Exodus and Trinity.

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Alexander Smukler, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons


by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 3rd August 2013