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John Steinbeck Quote: “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”

And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.

— John Steinbeck



John Steinbeck Quote: “I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen.”

I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens – The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.”

Don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens – The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “All great and precious things are lonely.”

All great and precious things are lonely.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”

I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.”

If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.”

You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal.”

All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.”

A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”

Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.

— John Steinbeck



John Steinbeck Quote: “It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”

It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.”

I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I was born lost and take no pleasure in being found.”

I was born lost and take no pleasure in being found.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness? You only truly, deeply appreciate and are grateful for something when you compare and contrast it to something worse.”

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness? You only truly, deeply appreciate and are grateful for something when you compare and contrast it to something worse.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “If a story is not about the hearer, he will not listen. And here I make a rule – a great and interesting story is about everyone or it will not last.”

If a story is not about the hearer, he will not listen. And here I make a rule – a great and interesting story is about everyone or it will not last.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policies and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.”

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policies and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “You can’t go home again because home has ceased to exist except in the mothballs of memory.”

You can’t go home again because home has ceased to exist except in the mothballs of memory.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “A boy becomes a man when a man is needed.”

A boy becomes a man when a man is needed.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world.”

It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.

— John Steinbeck



John Steinbeck Quote: “In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different.”

In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do. It’s all part of the same thing. And some of the things folks do is nice, and some ain’t nice, but that’s as far as any man got a right to say.”

There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do. It’s all part of the same thing. And some of the things folks do is nice, and some ain’t nice, but that’s as far as any man got a right to say.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.”

I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “In writing, habit seems to be a much stronger force than either willpower or inspiration.”

In writing, habit seems to be a much stronger force than either willpower or inspiration.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.”

If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy.”

I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish.”

Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The final weapon is the brain, all else is supplemental.”

The final weapon is the brain, all else is supplemental.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.”

In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I wonder why progress looks so much like destruction.”

I wonder why progress looks so much like destruction.

— John Steinbeck



John Steinbeck Quote: “The free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.”

The free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “There’s more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty.”

There’s more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Books are the best friends you can have; they inform you, and entertain you, and they don’t talk back.”

Books are the best friends you can have; they inform you, and entertain you, and they don’t talk back.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.”

No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”

Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.”

I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Montana seems to me to be what a small boy would think Texas is like from hearing Texans.”

Montana seems to me to be what a small boy would think Texas is like from hearing Texans.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all else, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.”

Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all else, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day’s work is all I can permit myself to contemplate.”

When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day’s work is all I can permit myself to contemplate.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Anything that just costs money is cheap.”

Anything that just costs money is cheap.

— John Steinbeck



John Steinbeck Quote: “I guess there are never enough books.”

I guess there are never enough books.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Being at ease with himself put him at ease with the world.”

Being at ease with himself put him at ease with the world.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.”

As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “We could live offa the fatta the lan’.”

We could live offa the fatta the lan’.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I think of my life as a kind of music, not always good music but still having form and melody.”

I think of my life as a kind of music, not always good music but still having form and melody.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “One can find so many pains when the rain is falling.”

One can find so many pains when the rain is falling.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “To finish is a sadness to a writer – a little death. He puts the last word down and it is done. But it isn’t really done. The story goes on and leaves the writer behind, for no story is ever done.”

To finish is a sadness to a writer – a little death. He puts the last word down and it is done. But it isn’t really done. The story goes on and leaves the writer behind, for no story is ever done.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “What a frightening thing is the human, a mass of gauges and dials and registers, and we can only read a few and those perhaps not accurately.”

What a frightening thing is the human, a mass of gauges and dials and registers, and we can only read a few and those perhaps not accurately.

— John Steinbeck


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