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    It's hard to read good fiction when I am writing, because if it is really good I catch myself sort of inadvertently imitating a great writer.
    — John Grisham
    tags: writing  read  fiction 
     
    The Deep South has the friendliest people in the world. They will do anything for you. They also want to know what's going on and won't hesitate to ask questions.
    — John Grisham
    tags: people  world  questions 
     
    We are extremely private, and we really got sort of ambushed by the notoriety.
    — John Grisham
    I'm not itching to sue Amazon or Wal-Mart... they sell a lot of books. But the future is very uncertain with books.
    — John Grisham
    tags: future  book  sell 
     
    I've had nine of my books adapted to film, and almost all were enjoyable. I've been very lucky with Hollywood, and look forward to more movies being adapted. But I don't get involved in that process. I know nothing about making movies and I stay away from it and hope for the best.
    — John Grisham
    tags: process  movie  film  book  hope 
     
    We have the crime of the century every six months. So for people like me who enjoy, you know, taking these stories and writing about them, the material is endless.
    — John Grisham
    Wrongful convictions happen every week in every state in this country. And they happen for all the same reasons. Sloppy police work. Eyewitness identification is the most - is the worst type almost. Because it's wrong about half the time. Think about that.
    — John Grisham
    tags: time  work  wrong 
     
    We've sent 130 men to death row to be executed in this country, at least 130 that we know of, who have later have been exonerated because they were either innocent, or they were not fairly tried. That's 130 people that we've locked down on death row. And they've spent years there.
    — John Grisham
    tags: death  men  people  year 
     
    Twenty years on, the books are still fun to write and I've still got lots of stories I want to tell, mainly about social injustice and people chewed up by the system.
    — John Grisham
    tags: people  fun  stories  book  write  year 
     
    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.
    — John Grisham
    There's always such a rush to judgment. It makes a fair trial hard to get.
    — John Grisham
    I earned my first steady paycheck watering rose bushes at a nursery for a dollar an hour.
    — John Grisham
    I don't want to force my politics on my readers.
    — John Grisham
    tags: politics 
     
    Prisons are fascinating places, especially when the inmates are educated white-collar types.
    — John Grisham
    Live your life the way you want. You'll figure it out.
    — John Grisham
    tags: live 
     
    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
    tags: time  emotion  shame  year 
     
    I'm alone and outgunned, scared and inexperienced, but I'm right.
    — John Grisham
    tags: alone  right 
     
    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.
    — John Grisham
    You live your life today, Not tommorow, and certainly not yesterday.
    — John Grisham
    tags: live 
     
    I'm not in favor of the death penalty. But I'm in favor of locking these people away in maximum security units where they can never get out. They can never escape. They can never be paroled. Lock the bad ones away. But you gotta rethink everybody else.
    — John Grisham
    tags: death  people  bad 
     
    When witnesses concoct lies, they often miss the obvious.
    — John Grisham
    tags: lies 
     
    I guess under the right circumstances, a man will do just about anything.
    — John Grisham
    tags: men  right 
     
    If you're gonna be stupid you gotta be tough.
    — John Grisham
    You burn a man's pickup, and he's ready for war.
    — John Grisham
    tags: war 
     
    judge not that ye be not judged
    — John Grisham
    In one long glorious acknowledgment of failure, he laid himself bare before God.
    — John Grisham
    tags: failure  god 
     
    Nobody wants to read about the honest lawyer down the street who does real estate loans and wills. If you want to sell books, you have to write about the interesting lawyers - the guys who steal all the money and take off. That's the fun stuff.
    — John Grisham
    tags: fun  real  book  write  read  money  sell 
     
    More than 100 people have been sent to death row who were later exonerated because they weren't guilty or fairly tried. Most criminal defendants do not get adequate representation because there are not enough public defenders to represent them. There is a lot that is wrong.
    — John Grisham
    tags: death  people  wrong  criminal 
     
    I struggle with racism every day
    — John Grisham
    tags: struggle  racism 
     
    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.
    — John Grisham
    tags: church  library 
     
    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.
    — John Grisham
    tags: death  stories  goal 
     
    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.
    — John Grisham
    tags: truth  people  believe  lies 
     
    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
    tags: truth  living  stories 
     
    Privileged people don't march and protest; their world is safe and clean and governed by laws designed to keep them happy.
    — John Grisham
    tags: people  world  law 
     
    I'm a Christian, and those beliefs occasionally come out in the books.
    — John Grisham
    tags: belief  christian  book 
     
    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.
    — John Grisham
    tags: law  problem  book  profession 
     
    Some people have more guts than brains.
    — John Grisham
    tags: people  brain 
     
    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
    tags: law  year 
     
    I learned that lesson a long time ago. When you write popular fiction, you're going to get bashed by critics.
    — John Grisham
    tags: time  lessons  write  fiction 
     
    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
    tags: law  school 
     
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    john grisham
    Birth    : February 8, 1955
    Occupation  : Lawyer