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I seriously doubt I would ever have written the first
by John Grisham

I seriously doubt I would ever have written the first
story had I not been a lawyer.
I never dreamed of being a writer.
I wrote only after witnessing a trial.
- John Grisham

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?
- John Grisham

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.
- John Grisham

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
- Oscar Wilde

 

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters
cannot be trusted in large ones either.
- Albert Einstein

Smile.
Today would be a wonderful day
not to take life so seriously.
Today may end up the way you prefer -
and it may not.
Happiness is not about being a winner -
it's about being gentle with life -
being gentle with yourself.
Let life be a dance,
and choose the kind of
dance you want for today -
perhaps a gentle loving dance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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Consider a new beginning with your family -
choose to take them less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No matter what happens, someone will find a way
to take it too seriously.
- Dave Barry

Surround yourself with people who
take their work seriously,
but not themselves,
those who work hard and play hard.
- Colin Powell

Life is far too important a thing
ever to talk seriously about.
- Oscar Wilde

I sing seriously to my mom on the phone.
To put her to sleep, I have to sing "Maria" from West Side Story.
When I hear her snoring, I hang up.
- Adam Sandler

I am a dreamer.
Seriously, I'm living on another planet.
- Eva Green

I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.
- Bette Davis

Laugh at yourself and at life.
Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity,
but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain,
cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective
that seemingly terrible defeat and worry
with laughter at your predicaments,
thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution
that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
- Og Mandino

The one serious conviction that a man should have
is that nothing should be taken too seriously.
- Nicholas Murray Butler

Do not take life too seriously.
You will never get out of it alive.
- Elbert Hubbard

Anybody who has been seriously engaged is scientific
work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to
the gates of the temple of science are written the words:
'Ye must have faith.'
- Max Planck

Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.
- Mao Tse-Tung

Personally, I have fond memories of playing
on slippery rocks on the banks of a rushing river
as a child and hitchhiking in college.
To those who say, "But times are different now,"
I reply that statistically life is much safer now
than in the 1950s, with regard to both crime and accidents.
What has changed is our attitudes.
In those years, a broken leg from falling off a swing
or the back of a tractor was just part of childhood -
an excuse for gathering autographs.
Today that broken leg would be a source
of outrage and probably lawsuits.
I long for a simpler time when life was taken less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I don't have a burning desire to be taken seriously as an actor.
I don't have a master plan in that way.
- Ben Stiller

I am convinced the prophets of doom have to be taken seriously.
- Maurice Strong

As problems like identity theft become more prevalent,
now more than ever, Americans need to take their financial health seriously -
and this information is of the utmost importance.
- Ruben Hinojosa

I could do John Wayne, Jack Benny, Jack Kennedy,
Lyndon Johnson and entertain my friends.
But I never seriously considered it as a career choice.
- Phil Hartman

I love Dead Ringers.
A democratic set, the work was taken seriously.
- Christopher Eccleston

I take my craft very seriously.
- Jimmy Chamberlin

What also helps our show is that we never take ourselves seriously.
- Drew Carey

I can't climb very seriously now but I was a bit of a freak.
- Robin Day

While I was doing these plays in the beginning,
I wasn't getting paid.
I thought of it more as a hobby.
Then I realized how seriously a lot of these people
took what they were doing.
- Tom Berenger

I still take it seriously, but once I go out there
I think I've got more relaxed and I think it shows.
- Steffi Graf

I can't take a well-tanned person seriously.
- Cleveland Amory

I've wanted somehow to convey to you the sensations -
the atmospheric pressure,
you might say - of what it is to be seriously a long-term
prisoner in an American prison.
- Jack Henry Abbott

We do not take humor seriously enough.
- Konrad Lorenz

Fans are what make a performer and I've always taken them seriously.
- Charley Pride

I feel as if I'm clearly part of a trend among writers
who take themselves seriously -
and I confess to taking myself as seriously as the next writer.
- Jonathan Franzen

So you don't have to take us too seriously;
I mean,
we're already intimidating enough on stage.
- Ice T

Aside from rabid Islamists, no one who wishes to be
taken seriously can publicly say anything bad about
the old Jews of Europe without sounding like reactionary troglodytes.
- Jack Schwartz

Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger
of taking educated people seriously.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

This is a job and Survivor is a game show.
So, this is something to take seriously and work really hard at.
- Colleen Haskell

I decided to take God and organized religion seriously,
and to reject the secular life which in my teens had
looked attractive because it allowed me to act in any way that I wanted.
- Luke Ford

A good lesson in keeping your perspective is:
Take your job seriously but don't take yourself seriously.
- Thomas P. O'Neill

I would take plays and I would cut out all the other
dialogue and make long monologues because I felt the
other kids weren't taking it as seriously as I did.
- Sally Field

Someone who doesn't take herself too seriously and can be a goofball.
Because everyone's a nerd inside, I don't care how cool you are.
- Channing Tatum

Nobody took me too seriously but I was grown up even as a baby.
- Sharon Stone

We worked for 11 years to get where we are today,
and I want to take our work seriously so that later
on I'll be able to appreciate the money we've made.
- Maurice Gibb

If one is seriously interested in preventing reproductive cloning,
one must stop the process before it starts.
- Leon Kass

I prefer a life in which we don't take ourselves too seriously.
- Carter Burwell

We're going to have to look very seriously at what
we're doing right or wrong because we just keep losing.
- Eddie Bernice Johnson

Sexy at the millennium means having a solid sense of
self but never taking yourself too seriously.
- Rebecca Romijn

Nothing will ensure war more certainly or entrench
rivalries more seriously than for or against thinking!
- Patricia Sun

How could a New Yorker possibly take something called
the Hollywood String Quartet seriously?
- Leonard Slatkin

An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't take his education too seriously.
- Charles Kettering

People are treating the Stewart case as seriously as
Enron when it's really over trivia.
- Allan Sloan

My feelings are those of a schoolboy getting in sight of the holidays.
Or more seriously, my feelings are perhaps those of
a matador who has decided not to enter the bull ring.
- Geoffrey Fisher

In November, 1964 when I was a patient at the Mayo
Clinic I though seriously about killing myself.
- Jerry Kramer

Some of the ideas that come from the fringe of the
far right are just so implausible that it is hard to
take those ideas seriously.
- John Conyers

I never took myself too seriously.
- Curt Gowdy

It is notoriously true that the public mind is seriously
agitated with apprehensions of negroes insurrections
and that it is becoming more and more so.
- Thomas L. Smith

The right to be heard does not automatically include
the right to be taken seriously.
- Hubert H. Humphrey

I didn't just want to be Frank's daughter who sang Boots.
I take my music very seriously and studied very hard.
It's not a joke to me.
- Nancy Sinatra

We take our international responsibilities very seriously
and will not withdraw our troops from Iraq...
Otherwise, the victims of terror in Madrid will have died in vain.
- Marek Belka

Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders.
The world would go on even without you.
Don't take yourself so seriously.
- Norman Vincent Peale

My friends and I took songwriting very,
very seriously.
My hero was and still is Bob Dylan, but also people
like Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell and that whole generation.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

I take people very seriously.
People are all I take seriously, in fact.
Therefore, I have nothing but sympathy for how people behave -
and nothing but laughter to console them with.
- John Irving

Take your work seriously, but never yourself.
- Margot Fonteyn

Lawyers didn't seriously get involved in the Watergate
stories until quite late,
when we realized we were on to something.
- Bob Woodward

Take your work seriously and yourself lightly.
- Bob Nelson

I guess if you take yourself seriously as an artist
there starts either the problem or the beauty of doing good artwork.
- Bill Griffith

In politics it is necessary to take nothing tragically
and everything seriously.
- Louis Adolphe Thiers

What do you think a stimulus is? It's spending -
that's the whole point!
Seriously.
- Barack Obama

I am seriously troubled by the proposed rapid consolidation
in the telecommunications marketplace.
- Conrad Bums


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