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By Anonym 13 Sep

Wilbur Smith

Herbert, my father, was born in Britain but went out to Africa in his teens to join his father and built up an 18,000-acre ranch in what was then Northern Rhodesia, providing work for the locals. He was my hero when I was a boy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wilbur Smith

Despite the fact that I spend a lot of time in London, Switzerland and New York, Africa is the place I know and love best, and my heart will always lie here.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Wilbur Smith

We have worked all day to tidy the mess you have made.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wilbur Smith

Authors can only soft sell the environment. Create a wonderful story around the environment involving the characters that leaves a lasting impression on the reader's mind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wilbur Smith

A cynic had defined aid as simply the system by which poor white people in rich countries gave money to rich black people in poor countries to put into Swiss bank accounts.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wilbur Smith

I know it's politically incorrect but I enjoy things like the kick boxing and cock fighting.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Wilbur Smith

Should five slaves dictate to a king? If five baboons bark, must the black-maned lion tremble?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wilbur Smith

I go on a hunting safari at least once a year to Botswana, which is fantastic because we have a huge area of wilderness entirely to ourselves. My island covers roughly 55 acres, which again I have to myself, with nearly half a kilometre of private beach with my own jetties and boats.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wilbur Smith

Let it simply be said that we know more about the details of the hours immediately before and the actual death of Jesus, in and near Jerusalem, than we know about the death of any other one man in all the ancient world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wilbur Smith

I'm not a prophet I can only use historical reality to come to a view of the future, and my view is that Africa will return to being African and not European. The advent of colonialism was foreign to the country itself, but it will return to what it was before the Europeans arrived.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wilbur Smith

Politicians all over the world cater to domestic vote banks. They will spend only on what their constituents want. So unless there is a grass root green movement in a nation the politicians will not be willing to spend money on curbing emissions. More awareness is needed amongst the people to effect the real change in how governments spend.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wilbur Smith

I wanted to be a great white hunter, a prospector for gold, or a slave trader. But then, when I was eight, my parents sent me to a boarding school in South Africa. It was the equivalent of a British public school with cold showers, beatings and rotten food. But what it also had was a library full of books.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Wilbur Smith

They have been taught nothing but destruction and learned nothing except that a man's desires can be achieved simply by killing anybody who stands in his way.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wilbur Smith

I read a lot of biographies and books with an African background.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wilbur Smith

It's a strange paradox that a man gifted with too many talents can fritter them all away without developing a single one to its full.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Wilbur Smith

The tranquilizers he had been given had worn off, leaving him with a drug hangover and a bitter grudge against the entire world.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Wilbur Smith

Robin Hood was also a terrorist ― but he had some style and a little class.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wilbur Smith

Sometimes it is best for men not to attempt to interfere with destiny. Our prayers can be answered in ways which we do not expect and do not welcome.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Wilbur Smith

More than weapons, we need a leader.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Wilbur Smith

They were built up to great expectations, and when these could not be met, they turned against those who made the promises.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wilbur Smith

They do say that socialism is the ideal philosophy-just as long as you have capitalists to pay for it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wilbur Smith

It was this same Jesus, the Christ who, among many other remarkable things, said and repeated something which, proceeding from any other being would have condemned him at once as either a bloated egotist or a dangerously unbalanced person...when He said He himself would rise again from the dead, the third day after He was crucified, He said something that only a fool would dare say, if he expected longer the devotion of any disciples-unless He was sure He was going to rise. No founder of any world religion known to men ever dared say a thing like that!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wilbur Smith

I'm not a good father and they're not children any more; the eldest is in his fifties. My relationship with their mothers broke down and, because of what the law was, they went with their mothers and were imbued with their mothers' morality in life and they were not my people any more.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wilbur Smith

Cape Town's beaches are superb and while the water on the Atlantic side is damn cold, it's very pleasant on the other side. Bring your golf clubs if you play - Cape Town has some fabulous golf courses.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wilbur Smith

I grew up in Rhodesia on my father's ranch and every year he used to take us on safari in some remote area of the wilderness.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wilbur Smith

I have never had too much trouble for creative ideas to spring up in my mind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wilbur Smith

I read all of Rider Haggard's books. For me he had the romance of Africa with a little bit of mysticism. I'm delighted to be looked on as his heir and be categorised as an adventure novelist because that's exactly what I am.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wilbur Smith

I put my soul into every book I write.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wilbur Smith

History is a river that never ends. Today is history, and I am here at the fountainhead.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Wilbur Smith

If I have to die, then it's best to do so before I see everything I love, the land, the animals, the people, all of it destroyed.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wilbur Smith

My first novel was rejected by some of the most eminent publishers in the world. Starting again was a real wrench.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wilbur Smith

A man follows the path laid out for him. He does his duty to God and his King. He does what he must do, not what pleases him. God's truth, boy, what kind of world would this be if every man did what pleased him alone? Who would plough the fields and reap the harvest, if every man had the right to say, 'I don't want to do that.' In this world there is a place for every man, but every man must know his place.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Wilbur Smith

Goodbye, my mistress", I whispered. "Farewell, my heart".

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wilbur Smith

I want to be seen as a good storyteller. I'm a manipulator as well.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wilbur Smith

The really disturbing thing about Somalia is that in a country where there are few economic opportunities, pirates are perceived as glamorous and are held in awe by young boys who aspire to their lifestyle.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wilbur Smith

Every time one of my books sells a million copies in paperback, Pan Macmillan gives me a gold statuette of Pan. I have about 20 of them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wilbur Smith

Litigation only makes lawyers fat.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wilbur Smith

You know that feeling when you finish a final exam and you think, 'I never want to do that again'? Well I have the same feeling when I finish a novel. Each time I say, 'I think I may retire now' and then after six months the ideas start to churn again. I could never stop.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wilbur Smith

What I like about writing is the sense of godlike power it gives you.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wilbur Smith

Usually halfway through a book I have a serious depression, so I go on safari on my ranch in South Africa, or fishing off my island in the Seychelles. When I come back and re-read it, I think: 'What was all that about, Smith? It's fine, just get on with it.'

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wilbur Smith

People don't really know themselves until they're 30. Like most people nowadays, I went to university, got a degree and wandered for a bit. I trained to be a chartered accountant, which I didn't much enjoy, and it was only slowly that the idea of becoming a creative writer gelled.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wilbur Smith

I shot my first lion at the age of 14 when a pride threatened my father's livestock while he was away on holiday.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Wilbur Smith

Patriotism is a myth conceived by those old rogues to draw us into the infernal game. Let them fight as they will, but we want no part of it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wilbur Smith

But those set to guard a treasure, are too often those who loot it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wilbur Smith

The best cure for racism is to have somebody shoot at you. Man, it does not matter then what color the arse is that comes to save yours-black or white, you're ready to give it a big fat kiss.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wilbur Smith

Quite frankly, I think political correctness is the worst form of censorship. You're not allowed to speak your mind unless you're black, or unless you're a terrorist, or unless you're an Arab or a minority people. Then you can say what you like. But if you are like a lot of us you are not supposed to say certain things.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Wilbur Smith

I think one of the most poignant things is unrequited love and loneliness.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wilbur Smith

Write for yourself, not for a perceived audience. If you do, you'll mostly fall flat on your face, because it's impossible to judge what people want. And you have to read. That's how you learn what is good writing and what is bad. Then the main thing is application. It's hard work.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Wilbur Smith

Failure makes success so much sweeter, and allows you to thumb your nose at the crowds.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Wilbur Smith

You don't turn out as many books as I did then by sitting around, being cozy with the family.