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Born: 1910-12-05
Profession: Writer
Nation: American
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A man could spend the rest of his life trying to remember what he shouldn't have said.

Tags: Life, Remember, Trying

Do you know what it's like to love and be alone?

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If you don't get killed, it's a lucky day for anybody.

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Money has no moral opinions.

Tags: Money, Moral, Opinions

You must never throw away things that are worth good money.

Tags: Away, Good, Money

A holiday is when you celebrate something that's all finished up, that happened a long time ago and now there's nothing left to celebrate but the dead.

Tags: Dead, Holiday, Time

I'll give you my answer calmly and sensibly, my final answer. My final answer is finally no. The answer is no! Absolutely and finally no! Finally and positively no! No! No! No! N - O!

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Twenty years ago I wanted to move to a nice place so our Charley would grow up a nice boy and learn a profession. But instead we live in a jungle, so he can only be a wild animal. D'you think I picked the East Side like Columbus picked America?

Tags: America, Nice, Place

Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories.

Tags: Proper, Victories, Win

One of the problems that we have as American journalists is that we bring the American cultural baggage with us and we plop it down and it follows us around and that's just a fact of life.

Tags: American, Life, Problems

The one indication that I got that I was doing the right job in Bosnia was that at different periods of time all the factions came down very hard on me.

Tags: Hard, Job, Time

When I see somebody being mistreated, my eyes tear up and I want to stop it. And I believe that the best thing I can do is to write about it, because if I insert myself into the equation it doesn't really do much good, but if I write about it I think it could do more good.

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But on the other hand, in the midst of the chaos, you find normal people. You find people who are willing to risk their lives to tell you what they saw, even though they have no dog in the fight.

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And then I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to go to China in 1980, which was quite early.

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I had my life threatened by Bosnian Serbs on numerous occasions.

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I was posted to China in the summer of 1988, which was the greatest time ever, I think, to have been in China.

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I've been shot at on numerous occasions.

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In some ways the domestic reporting is a lot easier because Americans will talk to you about anything.

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My main form of transportation at that time was a bicycle, because bicycles could move though the crowd.

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Srebrenica was a horrendous war crime and it had to be uncovered.

Tags: Crime, Horrendous, War

Stanford had no journalism program so I just learned by doing, effectively.

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The desire to become a journalist came really because I very much like living abroad, and like to travel, and wanted to be paid for it.

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The work is a calling. It demands that type of obsession.

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When you do a job like this you have to like having cold sweat on your back.

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Whereas with foreign coverage there's a much broader disconnect between you and your audience.

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Working overseas is more difficult in that it's much more complicated to get people to open their hearts to you and to tell you information.

Tags: Difficult, Tell, Working

A lot of times when we work overseas we tend to put the experience of someone who lives overseas, a Chinese person or a Korean person or a Bosnian person, within the prism of an American life.

Tags: Experience, Life, Work

And when they do spin out of control there are important ramifications that affect America, not just its direct national interest but its broader interests as a nation which has thought of itself as a beacon to other nations, of freedom, liberty, democracy, whatever.

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For me the much more significant question is what did the Americans do, if anything, to help the Croatian army, because they are the ones that changed fundamentally the map of Bosnia, not the Bosnian army.

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Good journalism, I think, represents life and if you try to organize something too neatly it usually blows up in your face and doesn't really happen the way you want it to.

Tags: Good, Happen, Life

I grew up in New York City in the late '70s, at a time when U.S. - China relations were something that was on the front page of The New York Times on a regular basis.

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I think some of the best reporters are the ones who can really illustrate the differences between societies, at the same time trying to connect the fact that there are a lot of shared values in addition to those differences.

Tags: Best, Time, Trying

I think that's the main threat in Bosnia and Rwanda and Zaire. There doesn't seem to be much willingness to engage these problems unless they directly affect national security interests.

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I think to a certain extent in Bosnia and among the Hutus in Rwanda and also among the Tutsis in Rwanda who then took revenge on the Hutus, there is a sense of being swept up and a sense that the society in which they live has gone mad.

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I was fourteen when Kissinger made his secret trip to China, and then there was subsequently Nixon's trip to China, and I was very much seized with an interest in China.

Tags: Interest, Secret, Trip

I went back to the States and started at a small newspaper in Riverside County, California, covering the police; I was making $280 a week covering the police.

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