John Jakes quotes

  • Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.
    -- John Jakes

    #Positive #Being Yourself #Believe

  • We are all dying of life.
    -- John Jakes

    #Dying

  • No writer should minimize the factor that affects everyone, but is beyond control: luck.
    -- John Jakes

    #Luck #Should

  • Guilty she might be. But what human being was not? There were things in her past she needn't be ashamed of, things to be proud of; she wouldn't surrender so meekly to a condemning judgment.
    -- John Jakes

    #Past #Proud #Might

  • Spend as much time as you can with your mouth shut and your eyes and ears open.
    -- John Jakes

    #Eye #Ears #Mouths

  • Libraries are magical places. There's nothing quite like strolling the hushed aisles, letting your eye rove along dimly lit shelves. Each spine, each title, seems to beckon with a promise of incredible wonders, surprises, and adventures.
    -- John Jakes

    #Adventure #Eye #Promise

  • Losing innocence. Remembering Heaven. That was the essence of Hell
    -- John Jakes

    #Essence #Heaven #Innocence

  • Going after anything worthwile in life entailed risk, of course. A man of ambition and courage didn't let that stop or delay him. A man accepted the dangers, the element of chance. If he didn't, he won nothing.
    -- John Jakes

    #Ambition #Men #Risk

  • The pain comes from knowing that we have never been safe, and therefore will never be safe again. It comes from knowing we can never be so ignorant again. It comes from knowing we can never be children again. Losing innocence. Remembering heaven. That was the essence of hell.
    -- John Jakes

    #Children #Pain #Sunset

  • I have always had a special affinity for libraries and librarians, for the most obvious reasons. I love books. (One of my first Jobs was shelving books at a branch of the Chicago Public Library.) Libraries are a pillar of any society. I believe our lack of attention to funding and caring for them properly in the United States has a direct bearing on problems of literacy, productivity, and our inability to compete in today's world. Libraries are everyman's free university.
    -- John Jakes

    #Jobs #Believe #Book

  • The pain comes from more than the facts of circumstance, or the deeds of others. It comes from within. From understanding what we lost. It comes from knowing how foolish we were - vain, arrogant children - when we thought ourselves happy. It comes from knowing how fragile and doomed the old ways were, just when we thought them and ourselves, secure!. The pain comes from knowing we have never been safe, and therefore will never be safe again. It comes from knowing we can never be children again.
    -- John Jakes

    #Children #Pain #Knowing

  • The first treasure California began to surrender after the Gold Rush as the oldest: her land.
    -- John Jakes

    #Land #California #Gold