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Famous quotes by John Grisham on death, money, time, life and other things.

100 Famous Quotes By John Grisham, The Author Of The Rainmaker

Quick Facts

Famous As: American writer

Born On: February 8, 1955

Born In: Jonesboro, Arkansas

If you are an avid reader, it is only natural that you must have laid your hands on a John Grisham novel! For who can miss out on the legal thrillers presented by Grisham through his impeccably simple writing style and top-notch story telling ability. An attorney and Mississippi legislator by profession, Grisham’s turn to professional writing is almost unbelievable. While passing through the court one day, he overheard a girl tell her story to the jury. He was so intrigued by the tale that it coaxed him to become a writer. Thus, started a journey into novel writing that resulted in his first masterpiece ‘A Time to Kill’. Grisham soon realized his passion for writing and involved himself completely into the act, spinning out one masterpiece after the other. His second novel, ‘The Firm’ was a bestseller of 1991. It was only a decade after ‘Firm’ was released that Grisham shifted focus from legal thriller into other fictional tales. Today, he is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated authors and novelists. His novels apart, Grisham is also famous for his highly meaningful quotes that point out life’s fact in an interesting manner. His quotes cover a wide variety of subjects. Check this section to find some famous quotes by John Grisham.   

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Don't compromise yourself - you're all you have.

John Grisham

In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard.

John Grisham

You live your life today, Not tommorow, and certainly not yesterday.

John Grisham

Some people have more guts than brains.

John Grisham

If you're gonna be stupid you gotta be tough.

John Grisham

I'm alone and outgunned, scared and inexperienced, but I'm right.

John Grisham

I didn't dare think of the future; the past was still happening.

John Grisham

Shame was an emotion he had abandoned years earlier. Addicts know no shame. You disgrace yourself so many times you become immune to it.

John Grisham

Critics should find meaningful work.

John Grisham

I don't feel stupid, just inadequate. After three years of studying the law, I'm very much aware of how little I know.

John Grisham

A battered wife is a married woman until she gets a divorce. Or until she kills the bastard.

John Grisham

Life is short..Live to the fullest..

John Grisham

Please give me fifty more years of work and fun, then an instant death when I'm sleeping.

John Grisham

How could homosexuals possibly srew up the sanctity of marriage any worse than heterosexuals?

John Grisham

I looked at her and tried to speak, but all I could think about was how shocked she'd be if I said what I was thinking.

John Grisham

He's a two-faced, cutthroat, dirt-dumb, chicken shit, slimy, little bastard with a bright future in politics.

John Grisham

I was tired of secrets, tired of seeing things I was not supposed to see. And so I just cried.

John Grisham

In one long glorious acknowledgment of failure, he laid himself bare before God.

John Grisham

When witnesses concoct lies, they often miss the obvious.

John Grisham

Death row is a nightmare to serial killers and ax murderers. For an innocent man, it's a life of mental torture that the human spirit is not equipped to survive.

John Grisham

You need some coffee, don't you?" "Yes, I've only had a gallon.

John Grisham

The coffee arrives, and we backslide into what lawyers do best---talking about other lawyers.

John Grisham

You advised him not to get a lawyer, giving as one of your reasons the opinion that lawyers are a pain in the ass. Gentlemen, the pain is here. -Reggie Love

John Grisham

Judge not that ye be not judged

John Grisham

Live your life the way you want. You'll figure it out.

John Grisham

Privileged people don't march and protest; their world is safe and clean and governed by laws designed to keep them happy.

John Grisham

The mother of a trophy wife is not automatically a trophy mother-in-law.

John Grisham

Quitting is not the answer. Life is not fair, and you can't quit every time something unfair happens to you.

John Grisham

I am currently reading, "The Broker" by John Grisham. it is alittle slow to start so I will have to let you know if it gets better

John Grisham

Prisons are hate factories, Pastor, and society wants more and more of them.

John Grisham

He's my client, and he's counting on me. I'll take him, warts and all.

John Grisham

She was pondering the option of law school, the great American baby-sitter for directionless postgrads.

John Grisham

Life is too short to despise people who simply can't help what they've done.

John Grisham

It's as if we spend our entire lives avoiding Jell-O but it is always there at the end, waiting.

John Grisham

Like every false rumor, it gained credibility while being repeated, and before long it was practically a fact.

John Grisham

I guess under the right circumstances, a man will do just about anything.

John Grisham

Ethics are determined by what they catch you doing. If you don’t get caught, then you haven’t violated any ethics.

John Grisham

Four rehabs meant a fifth was somewhere down the road.

John Grisham

You burn a man's pickup, and he's ready for war.

John Grisham

There are few things in life worse than a long-winded lawyer.

John Grisham

The company later went broke, and of course all blame was directed at the lawyers. Not once did I hear any talk that maybe a trace of mismanagement could in any way have contributed to the bankruptcy.

John Grisham

If you're not nervous, son, then something is wrong.

John Grisham

They found Seth Hubbard in the general area where he had promised to be, though not exactly in the condition expected. He was at the end of a rope, six feet off the ground and twisting slightly in the wind.

John Grisham

Once again, I was reminded that Tally was the prettiest girl I'd ever met, and when she smiled at me my mind went blank. Once you've seen a pretty girl naked, you feel a certain attachment to her.

John Grisham

You wired the kid," Truemann said meekly to no one in particular. "Why not? No crime. You're the FBI, remember. You boys run more wire than AT&T."[Reggie Love]

John Grisham

Poverty is a great equalizer

John Grisham

We all have our little secrets, and as long as they're harmless, who really cares? With time, the secrets often go away and things don't matter anymore.

John Grisham

Anyone can cook a trout. The real art is in hooking the damned thing.

John Grisham

Ricky had taught me a few cuss words. I usually practiced them in the woods by the river, then prayed for forgiveness as soon as I was done.

John Grisham

The theory was simple: If a man had enough sense to accumulate a bunch of cash, then he would certainly make a worthy U.S senator.

John Grisham

Any lawyer worth his salt knew the first offer had to be rejected.

John Grisham

I'm here to tell you, separate was never equal.

John Grisham

Never trust a white person black people don’t like.

John Grisham

Once again I had asked an innocent question, and because of it, I was banished from the conversation.

John Grisham

Love yourself,.,.,.,for the sake of your better future

John Grisham

Dear Mrs. Black: On seven prior occasions this company has denied your claim in writing. We now deny it for the eighth and final time. You must be stupid, stupid stupid, stupid!

John Grisham

The sky had cleared, and now the sun was overhead, already baking the wet ground so that you could see the humidity drifting lazily above the cotton stalks.

John Grisham

Good God, Keith." "Yes, I've talked to Him too and I'm still waiting on his Guidance...

John Grisham

I have a plan, one I've been plotting for years now. It is my only way out.

John Grisham

Make friends with fear, Lucien always said, because it will not go away, and it will destroy you if left uncontrolled.

John Grisham

Today was the worst day of his professional life, but tomorrow would be better.

John Grisham

We learned after the first semester in law school that it's best never to discuss exams. If notes are compared afterwards, you become painfully aware of things you missed.

John Grisham

No star fades faster than that of a high school athlete.

John Grisham

My children know nothing of Christmas. They have so little, and want so little, it makes me feel guilty for the mindless materialism of our culture.

John Grisham

What would his friends think? The Honorable Hatlee Beech, federal judge, writing prose like a faggot, extorting money out of innocent people.

John Grisham

It wouldn't pay to get fresh with a missionary.

John Grisham

He'd had his career, his triumphs. Success had brought him nothing but misery; he couldn't handle it. Success had thrown him in the gutter

John Grisham

He counts votes before he decides what to have for breakfast.

John Grisham

I'm being followed so much I'm causing traffic jams.

John Grisham

Fear was good; fear was an ally; that every lawyer was afraid when he stood before a new jury and presented his case. It was okay to be afraid – just don’t show it.

John Grisham

Appalachia was Appalachia, regardless of boundaries someone had set an eternity ago. A land of breathtaking beauty, of steep hills and rolling mountains

John Grisham

How often would I have the chance to see a pretty girl bathing? I could recall no specific prohibition from the church or the Scriptures, though I knew it was wrong. But maybe it wasn't terribly sinful.

John Grisham

We were invincible because we were eighteen and stupid.

John Grisham

You know, I have a very bad reputation.

John Grisham

He's busy taking the fifth

John Grisham

Lucien had taught him that fear was good; fear was an ally; that every lawyer was afraid when he stood before a new jury and presented his case. It was okay to be afraid – just don’t show it.

John Grisham

And I'm sure Theo can always find her.

John Grisham

Don't ever get involved in politics, Theo. It's a dirty game.

John Grisham

I am motivated by thoughts of my sorrowful little client and the screwing that he got. I'm the only lawyer Donny Ray has, and it will take much more than paper to slow me down.

John Grisham

Once you've seen a pretty girl naked, you feel a certain attachment to her.

John Grisham

You’re old. You’re senile. You’re too calm about this. Something must be wrong…” “Wonderful. I’ll pull out my hair and chase butterflies around the room.

John Grisham

They say a woman marries a man with the belief she can change him, and she can’t. A man marries a woman with the belief that she won’t change, and she does.

John Grisham

I had never seen a woman's breasts before, and I doubted if any seven-year-old boy in Craighead County had. Maybe some kid had stumbled upon his mother, but I was certain no boy my age had never had this view.

John Grisham

In the United States we spend $40,000 a year to incarcerate each prison inmate and $8,000 to educate each elementary school student.

John Grisham

In little pockets of conversation, old men were telling stories of ancient floods. Women were talking of about how much rain there'd been in other towns -- Paragould, Lepanto, and Manila.

John Grisham

It's mafia,Mitch and illegal as hell.

John Grisham

A man shrewd enough and clever enough to amass such a fortune in ten years does not throw together

John Grisham

I've loved you all my life. Even before we met. Part of it wasn't even you. It was just a promise of you.

John Grisham

When you have no future, you live in the past.

John Grisham

God help us, if ever in this great country we turn our heads while people who have not had fair trials are executed…” -Judge Frank Howell Seay

John Grisham

But such a cheap shot from a sibling can never be left alone.

John Grisham

After a leisurely slide into second, Joe bounced to his feet, looked at Marichal, shrugged, smiled, and spread his arms as if to say, "You throw at me, I'll make you pay.

John Grisham

And every defendant, regardless of how despicable the person or his crime, is entitled to a lawyer. Most laymen don’t understand this and don’t care. I don’t care either. This is my job.

John Grisham

Every company of a certain size must have committed egregious sins to succeed in the cutthroat world of Western capitalism.

John Grisham

If a prosecutor gets caught cheating, he either gets reelected or elevated to the bench. Our system never holds a bad prosecutor accountable.

John Grisham

Hubbard obtained the land from Sylvester’s widow.

John Grisham

The relief came from the sudden realization that she had just been freed from a job she despised.

John Grisham

This was Mississippi, where for years whites shot blacks for any reason or no reason and no one cared; where whites raped blacks and it was considered sport; where blacks were hanged for fighting back.

John Grisham

You just don’t understand men, Samantha. Looking is automatic and it’s harmless. We all look. Come on.

John Grisham

I thought they were honest.’ ‘They are, but they’re bankers, remember.

John Grisham