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A collection of quotes and thoughts by James Hilton on life, people, viewpoint, inspiration, politics, philosophy, love, chances, horizon and perspective.

18 Notable Quotes By James Hilton That Will Give Direction To ‘Lost Horizon’

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Famous As: Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Science fiction writer

Born On: September 9, 1900

Died On: December 20, 1954

Born In: Leigh, United Kingdom

Died At Age: 54

James Hilton was a renowned English novelist and screenwriter. He wrote a number of bestselling books. He pursued his studies from renowned universities and wrote his first novel titled ‘Catherine Herself’ while pursuing his graduation at the Cambridge University. He started off his career as a journalist at the Manchester Guardian and went on to become a fiction reviewer at Daily Telegraph. During this period he wrote various novels but couldn’t achieve success. His novel ‘And Now Goodbye’ brought a drastic change in his luck and this book is known to mark the beginning of his successful career. He wrote various successful novels and short stories which were commercially successful and magnified his reputation and fame as a writer. His most distinguished novels were adapted in the movies including ‘Random Harvest’, ‘Goodbye, Mr. Chips’ and even the ‘Lost Horizon’ which brought him a ‘Hawthornden Prize’. His great reputation as a writer encouraged him to become a successful screenwriter and he wrote some successful screenplays including ‘Camille’ and ‘We Are Not Alone’. Here is a collection of thoughts and quotes which have been extracted from the writings, novels, books, life and thoughts of the celebrated novelist. Go through some of the most famous quotations and sayings by James Hilton.
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People make mistakes in life through believing too much, but they have a damned dull time if they believe too little.

James Hilton

The right mixture of caring and not caring - I suppose that's what love is.

James Hilton

If we have not found the heaven within,we have not found the heaven without

James Hilton

There's only one thing more important... and that is, after you've done what you set out to do, to feel that it's been worth doing.

James Hilton

Is there not too much tension in the world at present, and might it not be better if more people were slackers?

James Hilton

We believe that to govern perfectly it is necessary to avoid governing too much.

James Hilton

But now I’m beginning to care again—a little—and it hurts—it’s really more convenient not to have any hopes and fears.

James Hilton

Laziness in doing stupid things can be a great virtue Chang - Lost Horizon (1933)

James Hilton

If you forgive people enough, you belong to them, and they to you, whether either person likes it or not - squatter's rights of the heart

James Hilton

...they didn’t think there was anything very odd in anyone being a little odd.

James Hilton

It's a very remarkable story." "Remarkable's a well-chosen word. It doesn't give you away.

James Hilton

Laziness in doing stupid things can be a great virtue.

James Hilton

It seemed to him that the little Manchu had never looked so radiant. She gave him a most charming smile, but her eyes were all for the boy.

James Hilton

Brookfield will never forget his lovableness," said Cartwright, in a speech to the School. Which was absurd, because all things are forgotten in the end.

James Hilton

The will of God or the lunacy of man - it seemed to him that you could take your choice, if you wanted a good enough reason for most things. Or, alternatively, the will of man and the lunacy of God.

James Hilton

His guests found it fun to watch him make tea -- mixing careful spoonfuls from different caddies.

James Hilton

As most real writers do, he wrote because he had something to say, not because of any specific ambition to be a writer.

James Hilton

For Chips, like some old sea captain, still measured time by the signals of the past. . . .

James Hilton