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All Quotes by author - James McBride
" As a journalist, the details always tell the story. "
" Be a member of the human race. Love somebody. Change the world. "
Change The World
" Be kind to the living. "
" Caring is beyond race. Either people care about you, or they don't. "
" Every time I see something about the Wild West, I'm reminded that our version of history may not be what really happened. "
" Fiction makes your dreams come true, and, as a writer, fiction allows you to delve into the area of miracles. "
" First person narrative is a very effective tool but you have to know as a writer how to make it work. "
" If you have the material it will form itself as a kind of connective tissue. "
" I hate to sound blase about it, but literary status is not important to me. Being happy is important to me. "
" I just love music, and I love what music does for people. "
" I'm not interested in food. It's just fuel. "
" I'm proud of 'Miracle at St. Anna' and I loved it; there's no question in my mind it's as good as any movie that came out in 2007. "
" I put headlights in Ford vans. I still drive a Ford. "
" I think heroes who are not flawed are not believable. "
" I wish all critics, no matter their color, were more sophisticated when it comes to the moral questions a film like 'St. Anna' is trying to raise. "
" My family is my career. "
" People call him a terrorist, but you can use language to do many things and say many things about people, but John Brown was a hero. "
" People don't realize you're blowing over changes, time changes, harmony, different keys. I mark a point in my solo where it's got to peak at point D I go to A, B, C D then I'm home. "
" The black church will accept anybody. "
" The hard part about writing about a guy like John Brown is that he was so serious, and his cause was so serious, that most of what's been written about him is really serious and, in my opinion, a little bit boring. "
" The starting point of all great jazz has got to be format, a language that you can work within that, in some ways, is much tighter than the blues or even gospel. It's all working towards the same destination - the difference being that Miles Davis flew there, and I'm still taking the subway. "
" When the great jazz and blues clubs closed - joints where the cash register rang loudly and there wasn't ESPN on TV over the bandstand, and people smoked cigarettes and drank whiskey and hollered 'Play on!' - When those places closed, I was pretty much done. "
" When you glorify violence, then it comes back to bite you. "
" When you're interviewing someone, even your mother - you have to sort of deal with you have to get some objective space from yourself and the person but you also have to find what's the best way to get the information from that person. "
" When you study history in American schools, very rarely is the name John Brown mentioned. We know who Kanye West is or Twyla Tharp or Shania Twain. "
" Writing for me is cutting out the fat and getting to the meaning. "
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