Quotes

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​John Avery

​​​I'm a writer who loves to write stories that forc​e good people into terrifying situations – just to see how they react.

Quotes


Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night. — Edgar Allan Poe

Be who you were born to be — it's what living things do. — John Avery


My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people. — Orson Welles

'I wish life was not so short,' he thought. 'Languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.' — J. R. R. Tolkien


Only the gentle are ever really strong. — James Dean


You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room. — Dr. Seuss

Success is doing the best you possibly can with what you’ve been given. There are an alarming number of wealthy failures in the world today. — John Avery


People who believe in ghosts think that dead people can walk through locked doors. Nonsense — they have to use a key like the rest of us. — John Avery


​He stood looking after them ... as though he had perceived that they had come back accompanied by a ghost a-piece. — Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit


While you’re busy chasing your dream, don’t forget to leave time for living — it’s way too easy to run straight past what’s truly important. — John Avery


Take a step toward your dream today. No matter how tiny the step, it will give you the energy and desire to take another. — John Avery


Learn to put your troubles in your pocket, then leave them there when you do your laundry. — John Avery


​When suddenly you find yourself on the wrong highway, perhaps it’s time for a new job, or some new friends. It's your life — live it. — John Avery

When chasing a dream, make sure the price is truly worth paying — if it is, go for it, if not, tweak your dream a little and then go for i
t. — John Avery

After a hard day, try to think of something good about it before you go to sleep — the result may surprise you. — John Avery

When the road you're on begins to crumble, forge ahead — better it crumble behind you than ahead of you.
— John Avery

Try saying hello to someone who wouldn't expect you to — today would be good. — John Avery

​Live the truth and everything else will fall into place. — John Avery

I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries. — Stephen King

Why waste precious time and energy trying to be someone you're not when you can put it to much better use simply being yourself? — John Avery

To never aspire to excellence means to never fully comprehend the amount of work required to achieve it. — John Avery

​To go where you're wishing you could go, first you must tie your shoes and step off the porch. — John Avery

​Life is a series of highs and lows. The trick is to tip the balance in your favor by following your heart and taking some risks. — John Avery

​Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. — Mark Twain


Some people burn all of their energy helping themselves, while some use all of it helping others. The happiest among us do a little of both. — John Avery


Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience:  this is the ideal life.  — Mark Twain


As we age, the bright light of youth either burns out or burns stronger — it’s our choice. — John Avery


Relationships are like apples: they can be sweet and satisfying. But once you bite into a bad one, it's hard to go back to the barrel again. — John Avery


You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.  — Plato


Most people who succeed in life have no clue that what they are trying to achieve is impossible. — John Avery


Point your feet in the direction you want to go and your life will follow. — John Avery

Don't judge people you don't know. You have no idea what they've been through, and you may waste an opportunity to make a new friend. — John Avery


​If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative. It’s my attempt to remain invisible, not distract the reader from the story with obvious writing. — Elmore Leonard, from 10 Rules of Writing


Begin doing what you want to do now.  We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake. — Marie Ray


If finding true love was easy we'd all have a lot more free time. — John Avery