Literary Birthday – 9 September – James Hilton

James Hilton was born 9 September 1900, and died 20 December 1954.


  1. People make mistakes in life through believing too much, but they have a damned dull time if they believe too little.
  2. If we have not found the heaven within, we have not found the heaven without.
  3. Remarkable’s a well-chosen word. It doesn’t give you away.
  4. Laziness in doing stupid things can be a great virtue.
  5. Tempted by Hollywood, a writer must decide whether he would rather say a little less exactly what he wants to millions, or a little more exactly to thousands.
  6. A genuine creation should have character as well as be one; should have central heating, so to say, as well as exterior lighting.

James Hilton was an English novelist best remembered for several best-sellers, including Lost Horizon and Goodbye, Mr. Chips. He also won an Academy Award in 1942 for his work on the screenplay of Mrs. Miniver.

Amanda Patterson by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 9th September 2015