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Always Work Study

I am a working person. I always work, study or do research for my novel. I even work on Sunday.

- Andrea Hirata

Voice Six Took

It took me six novels before I felt confident of my voice as a writer.

- Andrea Hirata

Own Maintain Treasure

The treasure of a writer is to maintain their own style.

- Andrea Hirata

Night Island Bicycle

Happiness is actually found in simple things, such as taking my nephew around the island by bicycle or seeing the stars at night. We go to coffee shops or see airplanes land at the airport.

- Andrea Hirata

Think Most Literary Work

I think what matters most in literary work is the context, not the text.

- Andrea Hirata

Stupidity Invincible

Writing is taking a risk, and it is actually fighting invisible and invincible enemies. They are over-confidence, stupidity, expectation and narcissism.

- Andrea Hirata

Always Going May

I'm a small-town boy who comes from a traditional family on a tiny island called Belitung. I may not know where I'm going, but I'll always know where to come home to.

- Andrea Hirata

I Am Only Among

I am the only one who is not married among my siblings.

- Andrea Hirata

Own Iowa Industrialized

I'm a simple hillbilly. I don't like eating modern, industrialized, fast food. I grew up eating home-cooked food. So when I'm traveling abroad, like when I recently received a six-month writing fellowship to Iowa in the U.S., I like to cook my own food.

- Andrea Hirata

Here Very Isolated

When I was a child, I saw in the news that a person from Belitung had done well in sports in Jakarta, and I just couldn't imagine that it was possible for someone from here to become famous, and it's still very isolated out here.

- Andrea Hirata

Here Very Beauty

I've backpacked to countries like Italy and Turkey and observed beautiful scenery, but then I realized that beauty was always very close to me. It is here in Belitung Island, where the rivers, beaches and the terrain captivate my attention most.

- Andrea Hirata

Next I Think I Write

I think writers of memoirs need to be respected for the bold decision they take to bare their lives open. That alone should be enough. The things I write about, if you notice, are sensitive issues for a lot of people. If I told you my age, they would get ideas. The next thing you know they'll be filing lawsuits against me.

- Andrea Hirata

Another Belong Country

It's hard to be a minority. People look at you a different way, like you don't belong, and I don't think many people realize just how difficult it is to live as a minority. Where I come from, we learn to tolerate one another. Whether one is of Chinese descent or Malay descent, what matters is we're part of the same country, the same world.

- Andrea Hirata

Southern Magic Full Time

The decision to write full-time meant I couldn't afford to buy a house. A friend kindly offered me the use of his apartment in a thirty-six-story building full of newlywed couples in the southern area of Jakarta. I didn't like my working space at first, but the scenery and everything going on outside have worked their magic on me.

- Andrea Hirata

Distance I Write Yelling

From a building right in front of my windows, I can observe the speed of the sunrises and sunsets. The voices of children playing, laughing, yelling, and crying on the playground crawl up to the eighth floor, where I write. Their voices sound so innocent from a distance.

- Andrea Hirata

Am Percent Research

I am a writer who has a policy to allocate 90 percent of my time for research and the remaining 10 percent to write.

- Andrea Hirata

Challenges Sentences

One of the challenges is creating characters. I am trying to compose my sentences to express epic events happening to ordinary people.

- Andrea Hirata

Behind Japanese Exposure

Indonesian writers are so far behind in terms of global exposure compared with the Philippines and Japanese writers.

- Andrea Hirata

More My Life Mathematics

I changed the course of my life, from the rigidity of mathematics and the corporate rhythm to a more bohemian world.

- Andrea Hirata

Like May Art

As a writer, I can't really take days off. Writing is like creating an art. Once you stop writing, you can lose your rhythm and context, meaning that your writing may lose its power.

- Andrea Hirata

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Books Longest Refused

I devour books. But for the longest time, I refused to pay attention to genre or labels.

- Alison Tyler

Education Other Benefits

Our government has made a number of promises to the men and women who served in our nation's armed forces. Sadly, these promises of health care, education and other benefits have existed more in rhetoric than in reality.

- Allen Boyd

Write Books Inadvertently

I don't write books inadvertently.

- A. N. Wilson

My Life Books Were

When I was a child - in wartime, pre-television - books were my life.

- A. S. Byatt

Will I Am Legacy

History will dictate what my legacy is. And 'maverick' is fine, because I am.

- Al Davis

Very Legacy Established

The legacy of Steve Jobs and the strength of Steve Jobs is that he established a company that's clearly firing on all cylinders and clicking very well.

- Al-Waleed bin Talal

Deal Concept Legacy

I've written important articles on prevention, on the concept of the preventive state, how the law is moving much more in an area of trying to prevent wrongs than trying to deal with them after they occur. That will be my academic/intellectual legacy.

- Alan Dershowitz

Been Legacy Looking Back

I feel privileged and honored to have flown. It's been a tremendous ride, looking back on the legacy and accomplishments, like the Hubble telescope and the launching of the International Space Station in 1998.

- Alan G. Poindexter

Behind Woman Legacy

For all of her influence on popular culture, and the remarkable performances she left behind, perhaps Farrah Fawcett's greatest legacy was her raw, intimate, honest portrait of a woman fighting for her life - against cancer.

- Alana Stewart

Going Legacy Better Place

A child is your legacy. What better thing can you do in life than put a really good person in the world who's going to make it a better place?

- Alexis Stewart

Show Down Benefits

I know the benefits of having a really great improv show are amazing because it was this one rare and fleeting thing that was incredible, but the risk just didn't appeal to me. I liked the control of sitting down and writing things.

- Allison Tolman

Books Brilliant Defy

Vivian Abenshushan and Veronica Gerber write brilliant books that defy generic conventions.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Read World Books

Anywhere you go in the world is what you make of it, not what you read in books.

- Alvin Lee

Want Would Books

I priced my books at what I would want to spend on an electronic book.

- Amanda Hocking

Need Books Wal-Mart

For me to be a billion-dollar author, I need to have people buying my books at Wal-Mart.

- Amanda Hocking

Benefits Full Advantage

Aviation, this young modern giant, exemplifies the possible relationship of women and the creations of science. Although women have not taken full advantage of its use and benefits, air travel is as available to them as to men.

- Amelia Earhart

None Benefits Habits

Our daily habits of driving, drilling, buying and supporting all of the economic benefits a free economy demands has cost us dearly, but none more so than for the people of Shishmaref.

- Amy J. Berg

Thought Benefits Dangers

We don't like what we don't know or understand. Parents don't like the thought of their kids embracing social media because they don't fully understand the benefits and dangers.

- Amy Jo Martin

Shared Benefits Outlets

There are many benefits to a sports entity breaking news directly to their recipients: the entity has full control over the message and how it is shared versus previously relying on a media outlets to translate or distribute as they choose. Also, there's no quicker place for valuable information to spread than Twitter.

- Amy Jo Martin

Which Allow Benefits

I would prefer a public option that would be a competitive option that would allow people to buy into a Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, which is a series of private plans.

- Amy Klobuchar

Been Legacy Shut

I'm not looking for a legacy, and you'll never shut up the critics. I've been around 50 years. When you're a catalyst for change, you make enemies - and I'm proud of the ones I've got.

- Rupert Murdoch