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

Famous As: American writer
Born On: February 8, 1955
Born In: Jonesboro, Arkansas
Age: 67 Years

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.

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.

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.

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

John Grisham
Some people have more guts than brains.

Some people have more guts than brains.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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..

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

John Grisham
When witnesses concoct lies, they often miss the obvious.

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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

John Grisham
Judge not that ye be not judged

Judge not that ye be not judged

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Grisham
I am currently reading,

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Four rehabs meant a fifth was somewhere down the road.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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!

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.

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
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.

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
Good God, Keith.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

We were invincible because we were eighteen and stupid.

John Grisham
You know, I have a very bad reputation.

You know, I have a very bad reputation.

John Grisham
He's busy taking the fifth

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.

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.

And I'm sure Theo can always find her.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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,

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

John Grisham