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
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One thing you really have to watch as a writer is getting on a soapbox or pulpit about anything. You don't want to alienate readers.
Prisons are fascinating places, especially when the inmates are educated white-collar types.
I always try to tell a good story, one with a compelling plot that will keep the pages turning. That is my first and primary goal. Sometimes I can tackle an issue-homelessness, tobacco litigation, insurance fraud, the death penalty-and wrap a good story around it.
Jesus preached more and taught more about helping the poor and the sick and the hungry than he did about heaven and hell. Shouldn't that tell us something?
Shame was an emotion he had abandoned years earlier.
Addicts know no shame. You disgrace yourself so many times you become immune to it.
My mum was never too keen on TV, so we kids all went to the library and got books out. Right from the start, I loved the works of Mark Twain. Every time I read about Tom Sawyer, I'd go out and do something low-level naughty, just like him.
judge not that ye be not judged
An outline is crucial. It saves so much time. When you write suspense, you have to know where you're going because you have to drop little hints along the way. With the outline, I always know where the story is going. So before I ever write, I prepare an outline of 40 or 50 pages.
I'm alone and outgunned, scared and inexperienced, but I'm right.
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.
I was a lawyer for 10 years - a short time, but it molded me into who I am.
My clients were little people fighting big corporations, so it was a natural thing to not only represent the little guy but also to pull for him - it's the American way.
Critics should find meaningful work.
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.
Quite often I can be in a bookshop, standing beneath a great big picture of myself and paying for a book with a credit card clearly marked John Grisham, yet no one recognises me. I often say I'm a famous author in a country where no one reads.
Very few writers understand the complex history and maddening social order of the Mississippi Delta. For Steve Yarbrough, though, it's home turf. He is wickedly observant, funny, cynical, evocative, and he possesses a gift that cannot be taught: he can tell a story.
Life is short..Live to the fullest.
There's always such a rush to judgment. It makes a fair trial hard to get.
I've sold too many books to get good reviews anymore.
There's a lot of jealousy, because [reviewers] think they can write a good novel or a best-seller and get frustrated when they can't. I've learned to despise them.
I have learned not to read reviews. Period. And I hate reviewers. All of them, or at least all but two or three. Life is much simpler ignoring reviews and the nasty people who write them. Critics should find meaningful work.
My decision to become a lawyer was irrevocably sealed when I realized my father hated the legal profession.
A riveting, exciting and thoroughly compelling tale of adventure.
He's my client, and he's counting on me. I'll take him, warts and all.
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.
How could homosexuals possibly srew up the sanctity of marriage any worse than heterosexuals?
The first thing my family did when we moved was join the local church.
The second was to go to the library and get library cards.
After I'd been a lawyer for about five or six years, I started playing around with fiction.
In one long glorious acknowledgment of failure, he laid himself bare before God.
All students enter law school with a certain amount of idealism and desire to serve the public, but after three years of brutal competition we care for nothing but the right job with the right firm where we can make partner in seven years and earn big bucks.
I always do book signings with the same blue pen.
That way, if I add a personalised message to a book I've already signed, it'll be in the same colour as my signature.
Privileged people don't march and protest;
their world is safe and clean and governed by laws designed to keep them happy.
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.
And they drank heavily, partied with great enthusiasm, and relished the drug culture; they moved in and out and slept around, and this was okay because they defined their own morality. They were fighting for the Mexicans and the redwoods, dammit! They had to be good people!
And that's the mission of The Innocence Project in New York, is to exonerate people who have been wrongfully convicted, and also work from a policy angle with Congress and state legislatures to prevent future wrongful convictions.
I was a lawyer for 10 years - a short time, but it molded me into who I am.
There is no devious and dangerous life.
I've lived a charmed life, especially in the last thirty years since I've started publishing. I've won the lottery. And I keep winning it every year and I am so fortunate to do something I thoroughly enjoy and still enjoy after a bunch of books.
The coffee arrives, and we backslide into what lawyers do best---talking about other lawyers.
Because I was single, there was a chance I was a homosexual.
Because I went to Syracuse, wherever that was, then I was probably a Communist. Or worse, a Liberal. Because I was from Memphis, I was a subversive intent on embarrassing Ford County.
There are few writers who, if they publish anything, I am going to buy it: Ian McEwan, Scott Turow, Pat Conroy - he was a buddy of mine and I always read his stuff. Also: Harlan Coben, Elmore Leonard, John Le Carre, but he's pushing ninety.
Michael Harvey should be read by all.
It's a game. We tax lawyers teach the rich how to play it so they can stay rich-and the IRS keeps changing the rules so we can keep getting rich teaching them.
I was on the verge of tears, so I turned and ran past the trailer and along the field road until I was safely out of their sight. Then I ducked into the cotton and waited for friendly voices. I sat on the hot ground, surrounded by stalks four feet tall, and I cried, something I really hated to do.
Writing's still the most difficult job I've ever had - but it's worth it.
Poverty is a great equalizer
I'm being followed so much I'm causing traffic jams.
I stopped reading William Faulkner because it's hard work.
I want to read a good writer, but I also want to read something where the pages are going to move along. That's what I want. It doesn't have to be a thriller or a mystery. Just something where I get caught up in the story.
I give off rather mixed messages about the law.
On the one hand, I can honestly say I don't miss working in a law office. On the other hand I do enjoy watching the law and while the profession may have its problems, I have sold zillions of books out of magnifying them.
Every morning I wake at 6am or 6.30am, champing at the bit.
It's amazing how lies grow. You start with a small one that seems easy to cover, then you get boxed in and tell another one. Then another. People believe you at first, then they act upon your lies, and you catch yourself wishing you'd simply told the truth.
The mother of a trophy wife is not automatically a trophy mother-in-law.