If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.
If there was a turning point for me, it was 'The Bridges at Toko-Ri.' It is a very fine short novel. But it gave me very little satisfaction. Really. I decided I wasn't going to go down that avenue.
I attended seminars where many social issues were discussed abstractly, outside the pressures of an immediate situation, and there I developed certain attitudes which permitted me to face the real thing when it came along.
The arrogance of the artist is a very profound thing, and it fortifies you.
I was a Navy officer writing about Navy problems and I simply stole this lovely Army nurse and popped her into a Navy uniform, where she has done very well for herself.
My work as a naval officer in World War II enabled me to serve on 49 different South Pacific islands so that I came to know the area about as well as anyone.
Whenever I start a book, I swear it's going to be a short one. But then it's, 'Who was his grandfather? And how did he get there in the first place? And what kind of animals is he chasing?'
They were a group of two dozen nurses completely surrounded by 100,000 unattached American men.
I have only one bit of advice to the beginning writer: Be sure your novel is read by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.