Barbara Taylor Bradford Quotes

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Born: 10 May 1933, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, UK

Bradford was a voracious reader from a young age. This would serve her well, she grew to become one of the world’s most popular living authors. She attended Northcote School for Girls before becoming a typist at the local newspaper, the Yorkshire Evening Post, at fifteen and a reporter at the paper by the time she turned sixteen. By eighteen, still working at the Post, she was promoted to Woman’s Page Editor. At twenty, she left the Post and headed for London, becoming Fashion Editor at Woman’s Own magazine. In London she was able to stretch her talents, covering stories ranging from crime to show business reporting at a variety of papers and magazines. In 1961, her attention was diverted from writing to love, when she met her husband-to-be, Robert Bradford, on a blind date. They married in 1963, and moved to the United States, where she continued her journalistic career and quickly earned a following for her syndicated weekly column, Designing Woman.

In addition to her newspaper column, Bradford wrote children’s books and books on decorating, but she never lost her desire to write fiction. After several failed attempts, she sold her first published novel, A Woman of Substance, in 1976. Since then, she has written over 20 novels and earned dozens of awards. She is active in philanthropy, with the Police Athletic League, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the March of Dimes among her many supported charities. She lives in Manhattan with her husband.

Barbara Taylor Bradford quotes:

A person with taste is merely one who can recognize the greatest beauty in the simplest things.
    Barbara Taylor Bradford – Her Own Rules (1996)

Always present yourself as a woman who expects to succeed.
    Barbara Taylor Bradford – Playing the Game (2010)

Basic writing ability is not enough. A would-be novelist must also observe what I call the five ‘Ds’:
D for desire — the desire to want to write that novel more than anything else.
D for drive — the drive to get started.
D for determination — the will to continue whatever the stumbling blocks and difficulties encountered on the way.
D for discipline — the discipline to write every day, whatever your mood.
D for dedication to the project until the very last page is finished.
Finally, there is a sixth D — to avoid! This is for distractions — perhaps the most important D of all, the enemy of all writers, whether would-be or proven.
    Barbara Taylor Bradford

Elizabeth studied the blurry tabloid photo, which showed her cousin Mary Stuart leaving a Paris disco at dawn, drunkenly clinging to the arm of a French tennis pro. The message was very clear. Put passion first and you end up neither loved nor respected.
    Barbara Taylor Bradford – Being Elizabeth (2008)

Even the most powerful woman needs a place to unwind.
    Barbara Taylor Bradford – Being Elizabeth (2008)

I work eight hours a day, but I’m not writing all that time. I’m thinking, editing, looking something up. Thinking is what I do a lot of.
    Barbara Taylor Bradford

If anyone asks me whether I like being a popular writer, I ask them whether they think I’d rather be an unpopular writer.
    Barbara Taylor Bradford

In my opinion, moderation is a vastly overrated virtue, particularly when applied to work.
    Barbara Taylor Bradford – A Woman of Substance (1979)

Life always gets harder towards the summit — the cold increases, responsibility increases.
    Barbara Taylor Bradford – A Woman of Substance (1979)

Life was life. It happened. You never knew what was going to come at you. Or how you could defend yourself.
    Barbara Taylor Bradford – Unexpected Blessings (2005)

My dear girl, you must cultivate a taste for the finer things. Civilized pleasures give meaning to life.
    Barbara Taylor Bradford – Being Elizabeth (2008)

Never let stress shape your strategy. Most women think better after a brisk walk, a light meal, a massage and a nap.
    Barbara Taylor Bradford – Her Own Rules (1996)

Priceless things matter not for their value, but because they offer us an enduring reminder of stability and permanence.
    Barbara Taylor Bradford – Power of a Woman (1997)

She put her hand in his, and he clasped it firmly, knowing he had been waiting for her all his life.
    Barbara Taylor Bradford – To Be the Best (1988)

Successful women don’t sleep until noon.
    Barbara Taylor Bradford – Being Elizabeth (2008)

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