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    I am actually in poor health due to chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome, and my ability to work is greatly diminished right now, so I have to get better before I can start another big project
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: health  work  right  poor 
     
    I look at the film as an opportunity to see some bountifully creative minds do something that I could not do - tell the story with images. I can't wait to see what they do.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    ...maybe it was better to break a man's leg than to break his heart.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: heart 
     
    What God asks of men, said [Billy] Graham, is faith. His invisibility is the truest test of that faith. To know who sees him, God makes himself unseen.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: men  god  faith 
     
    Since signing with Universal, I have been working closely with Gary Ross, the director, producer and screenwriter. We have spent many hours on the phone, and I've been sending him information and items that have been useful to the writing process.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: process  writing 
     
    And at that point, I think my experience in covering the subject helped me. I think editors felt comfortable with the idea of me telling this story because I had demonstrated that I know this business pretty well
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    My illness is excruciating and difficult to cope with. It takes over your entire life and causes more suffering than I can describe.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: suffering  illness 
     
    Such beauty, he thought, was too perfect to have come about by mere chance. That day in the center of the Pacific was, to him, a gift crafted deliberately, compassionately, for him and Phil. Joyful and grateful in the midst of slow dying, the two men bathed in that day until sunset brought is, and their time in the doldrums, to an end.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: beauty  chance  time  men  thoughts  dying  gift 
     
    When he thought of his history, what resonated with him now was not all that he had suffered but the divine love that he believed had intervened to save him.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: thoughts  divine 
     
    I am in an altogether new world now. I can think of nothing more wonderful. It is a real touch of all that heaven means.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: world  real  heaven 
     
    Fatigue is what we experience, but it is what a match is to an atomic bomb.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: experience 
     
    Every day after lunch when I was writing my first book, I'd nibble a square of fine chocolate and meditate on all that had gone into its creation: the sun and rain that spilled on the cocoa plant, the soil that nourished it, the hands that picked the beans, and so on. My taste of chocolate became a lesson on the interconnectedness of things, and the infinite blessings for which I am grateful.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: lessons  blessing  gone  rain  writing  book 
     
    In 1938... the year's #1 newsmaker was not FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. Nor was it Lou Gehrig or Clark Gable. The subject of the most newspaper column inches in 1938 wasn't even a person. It was an undersized, crooked-legged racehorse named Seabiscuit.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: people  year 
     
    I'm attracted to subjects who overcome tremendous suffering and learn to cope emotionally with it
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: suffering  learn 
     
    My agent and I put out my proposal one Thursday afternoon in August, 1998. Publishers started bidding immediately, and that process progressed for a few days.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: process 
     
    He had no money and no home; he lived entirely on the road of the racing circuit, sleeping in empty stalls, carrying with him only a saddle, his rosary, and his books...The books were the closest thing he had to furniture, and he lived in them the way other men live in easy chairs.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: men  live  book  money 
     
    ... character reigns preeminent in determining potential.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    His conviction that everything happened for a reason, and would come to good, gave him laughing equanimity even in hard times.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: time 
     
    I just thought I was empty and now I'm being filled...and I just wanted to keep being filled.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: thoughts 
     
    His books were the closest thing he had to furniture and he lived in them the way other men live in easy chairs.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: men  live  book 
     
    Without dignity, identity is erased. In its absence, men are defined not by themselves, but by their captors and the circumstances in which they are forced to live.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: men  live  identity  dignity 
     
    It's easy to talk to a horse if you understand his language. Horses stay the same from the day they are born until the day they die. They are only changed by the way people treat them.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: people  language  die 
     
    In terms of writing about horses, I fell backwards into that. I was intent on getting a Ph.D., becoming a professor, and writing on history but I got sick 14 years ago when I was 19. Getting sick derailed that plan completely
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: writing  year 
     
    I spoke to my agent and learned that a Hollywood scout had seen my proposal in one of the publishing houses, and had faxed it to Hollywood, where it was generating a lot of interest
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    But with nonfiction, the task is very straightforward: Do the research, tell the story
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: stories  research 
     
    I identified in a very deep way with the individuals I was writing about because the theme that runs through this story is of extraordinary hardship and the will to overcome it.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: writing  stories 
     
    At that moment, something shifted sweetly inside him. It was forgiveness, beautiful and effortless and complete. For Louie Zamperini, the war was over.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    The paradox of vengefulness is that it makes men dependent upon those who have harmed them, believing that their release from pain will come only when they make their tormentors suffer. In seeking the Bird's death to free himself, Louie had chained himself, once again, to his tyrant. During the war, the Bird had been unwilling to let go of Louie; after the war, Louie was unable to let go of the Bird.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: death  men  pain  war 
     
    I am disabled, so I can't travel, and I have not been to any development meetings, but Gary and the others affiliated with the film keep me updated on everything.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    A lifetime of glory is worth a moment of pain. Louie thought: Let go.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: pain  moment  worth 
     
    Books on horse racing subjects have never done well, and I am told that publishers had come to think of them as the literary version of box office poison
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: book 
     
    I had been writing professionally since 1988
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: writing 
     
    For 'Seabiscuit,' I interviewed 100 people I never met.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: people 
     
    The biggest problem has been exhaustion. I've spent about 6 of the last 14 years completely bedridden.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: problem  year 
     
    My work was entirely nonfiction.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: work 
     
    Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: food  human  dignity  water 
     
    People think I must have been turning cartwheels on the night I sealed the movie deal - which was only two days after sealing the book deal - but I was really quite terrified.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: people  night  movie  book 
     
    I have vertigo. Vertigo makes it feel like the floor is pitching up and down. Things seem to be spinning. It's like standing on the deck of a ship in really high seas.
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    For me, being a writer was never a choice. I was born one. All through my childhood I wrote short stories and stuffed them in drawers. I wrote on everything. I didn't do my homework so I could write
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    I have to detach myself completely from aspirations. I hardly ever listen to music anymore because it arouses all of this yearning in me
    — Laura Hillenbrand
    tags: music 
     
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