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John Steinbeck Quote: “He was born in Bercy on the outskirts of Paris and trained in France, and while he knows a little Poodle-English, he responds quickly only to commands in French. Otherwise he has to translate, and that slows him down.”

He was born in Bercy on the outskirts of Paris and trained in France, and while he knows a little Poodle-English, he responds quickly only to commands in French. Otherwise he has to translate, and that slows him down.

— John Steinbeck



John Steinbeck Quote: “I have thought that men and women should never come together except in bed. There is the only place where their natural hatred of each other is not so apparent.”

I have thought that men and women should never come together except in bed. There is the only place where their natural hatred of each other is not so apparent.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I have seen too many men go down, and I never permit myself to forget that one day, through accident or under the charge of a younger, stronger knight, I too will go down.”

I have seen too many men go down, and I never permit myself to forget that one day, through accident or under the charge of a younger, stronger knight, I too will go down.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “It is astounding to find that the belly of every black and evil thing is as white as snow. And it is saddening to discover how the concealed parts of angels are leporous.”

It is astounding to find that the belly of every black and evil thing is as white as snow. And it is saddening to discover how the concealed parts of angels are leporous.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Some men hunger so much for love that they lose everything that is loveable about them.”

Some men hunger so much for love that they lose everything that is loveable about them.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “One can’t be happy as I have been for very long. There’s a law against it. I have worked hard and enjoyed my work and it is the punishment of man to hate his work. Sooner or later I will have work that I hate.”

One can’t be happy as I have been for very long. There’s a law against it. I have worked hard and enjoyed my work and it is the punishment of man to hate his work. Sooner or later I will have work that I hate.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Within that frame he went a long way and burned a deep scar.”

Within that frame he went a long way and burned a deep scar.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “All in all it was a good firm-grounded family, permanent, and successfully planted in the Salinas Valley, not poorer than many and not richer than many either. It was a well-balanced family with its conservatives and its radicals, its dreamers and its realists. Samuel was well pleased with the fruit of his loins.”

All in all it was a good firm-grounded family, permanent, and successfully planted in the Salinas Valley, not poorer than many and not richer than many either. It was a well-balanced family with its conservatives and its radicals, its dreamers and its realists. Samuel was well pleased with the fruit of his loins.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Everyone I have ever known very well has been concerned that I would eventually starve. Probably I shall. It isn’t important enough to me to be an obsession.”

Everyone I have ever known very well has been concerned that I would eventually starve. Probably I shall. It isn’t important enough to me to be an obsession.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The American girl makes a servant of her husband and then finds him contemptible for being a servant.”

The American girl makes a servant of her husband and then finds him contemptible for being a servant.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “For every man in the world functions to the best of his ability, and no one does less than his best, no matter what he may think about it.”

For every man in the world functions to the best of his ability, and no one does less than his best, no matter what he may think about it.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I write because I like to write. I find joy in the texture and tone and rhythm of words. It is a satisfaction like that which follows good and shared love.”

I write because I like to write. I find joy in the texture and tone and rhythm of words. It is a satisfaction like that which follows good and shared love.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “We have not known a single great scientist who could not discourse freely and interestingly with a child. Can it be that haters of clarity have nothing to say, have observed nothing, have no clear picture of even their own fields?”

We have not known a single great scientist who could not discourse freely and interestingly with a child. Can it be that haters of clarity have nothing to say, have observed nothing, have no clear picture of even their own fields?

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “That man who is more then his elements knows the land that is more than its analysis.”

That man who is more then his elements knows the land that is more than its analysis.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “He learned that when people are very poor they still have something to give and the impulse to give it.”

He learned that when people are very poor they still have something to give and the impulse to give it.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I have no interest in the printed word. I would continue to write if there were no writing and no print. I put my words down for a matter of memory. They are more made to be spoken than to be read.”

I have no interest in the printed word. I would continue to write if there were no writing and no print. I put my words down for a matter of memory. They are more made to be spoken than to be read.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Writing to me is a deeply personal, even a secret function and when the product I turned loose it is cut off from me and I have no sense of its being mine. Consequently criticism doesn’t mean anything to me. As a disciplinary matter, it is too late.”

Writing to me is a deeply personal, even a secret function and when the product I turned loose it is cut off from me and I have no sense of its being mine. Consequently criticism doesn’t mean anything to me. As a disciplinary matter, it is too late.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “He drank too much when he could get it, ate too much when it was there, talked too much all the time.”

He drank too much when he could get it, ate too much when it was there, talked too much all the time.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “For many years we have suckled on fear and fear alone, and there is no good product of fear.”

For many years we have suckled on fear and fear alone, and there is no good product of fear.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “A book is like a man – clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly.”

A book is like a man – clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.”

Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Like most modern people, I don’t believe in prophecy or magic and then spend half my time practicing it.”

Like most modern people, I don’t believe in prophecy or magic and then spend half my time practicing it.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I climb fences when i got fences to climb.”

I climb fences when i got fences to climb.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “He saw something that makes a man doubtful of the constancy of the realities outside himself. It was the shocking discovery that makes a man wonder if I’ve missed this, what else have I failed to see?”

He saw something that makes a man doubtful of the constancy of the realities outside himself. It was the shocking discovery that makes a man wonder if I’ve missed this, what else have I failed to see?

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “It was a morning like other mornings and yet perfect among mornings.”

It was a morning like other mornings and yet perfect among mornings.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Teresina went often to confession. She was the despair of Father Ramon. Indeed he had seen that while her knees, her hands, and her lips did penance for an old sin, her modest and provocative eyes, flashing under drawn lashes, laid the foundation for a new one. During.”

Teresina went often to confession. She was the despair of Father Ramon. Indeed he had seen that while her knees, her hands, and her lips did penance for an old sin, her modest and provocative eyes, flashing under drawn lashes, laid the foundation for a new one. During.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Man has become our greatest hazard, and our only hope.”

Man has become our greatest hazard, and our only hope.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “But I do feel strange-almost unearthly. I’ll never get used to being alive. It’s a mystery. Always startled to find I’ve survived.”

But I do feel strange-almost unearthly. I’ll never get used to being alive. It’s a mystery. Always startled to find I’ve survived.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “One must withdraw for a time from life in order to set down that picture.”

One must withdraw for a time from life in order to set down that picture.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I am writing this from what we Americans call Yurrp. In Yurrp writers are taken as seriously as Lana Turner’s legs are in America – a ridiculous situation.”

I am writing this from what we Americans call Yurrp. In Yurrp writers are taken as seriously as Lana Turner’s legs are in America – a ridiculous situation.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “It is possible, even probable, to be told a truth about a place, to accept it, to know it and at the same time not to know anything about it.”

It is possible, even probable, to be told a truth about a place, to accept it, to know it and at the same time not to know anything about it.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I do not find illness an eminence, and I do not understand how people can use it to draw attention to themselves since the attention they draw is nearly always reluctantly given and unpleasantly carried out.”

I do not find illness an eminence, and I do not understand how people can use it to draw attention to themselves since the attention they draw is nearly always reluctantly given and unpleasantly carried out.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Courage and fear were one thing too.”

Courage and fear were one thing too.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “To a man born without conscience, a soul-stricken man must seem ridiculous.”

To a man born without conscience, a soul-stricken man must seem ridiculous.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another.”

If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Not only do the brave get killed, but the brave have a better chance of it.”

Not only do the brave get killed, but the brave have a better chance of it.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I had been practicing for the Depression a long time. I wasn’t involved with loss. I didn’t have money to lose, but in common with millions I did dislike hunger and cold.”

I had been practicing for the Depression a long time. I wasn’t involved with loss. I didn’t have money to lose, but in common with millions I did dislike hunger and cold.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “They successfully combined piracy and puritanism, which aren’t so unlike when you come right down to it. Both had a strong dislike for opposition and both had a roving eye for other people’s property.”

They successfully combined piracy and puritanism, which aren’t so unlike when you come right down to it. Both had a strong dislike for opposition and both had a roving eye for other people’s property.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The utter insanity of living in a place like this doesn’t occur to the 9,000,000 people who inhabit New York. Except for visits I think I shall not be here any more as a resident.”

The utter insanity of living in a place like this doesn’t occur to the 9,000,000 people who inhabit New York. Except for visits I think I shall not be here any more as a resident.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “It was deeply a part of Lee’s kindness and understanding that man’s right to kill himself is inviolable, but sometimes a friend can make it unnecessary.”

It was deeply a part of Lee’s kindness and understanding that man’s right to kill himself is inviolable, but sometimes a friend can make it unnecessary.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I have owed you this letter for a very long time-but my fingers have avoided the pencil as though it were an old and poisoned tool.”

I have owed you this letter for a very long time-but my fingers have avoided the pencil as though it were an old and poisoned tool.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Only through immitation do we develop toward originality.”

Only through immitation do we develop toward originality.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times.”

It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The warfare between the unaroused male and female is constant and ferocious. Each blames the other for his loss of soul.”

The warfare between the unaroused male and female is constant and ferocious. Each blames the other for his loss of soul.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Syntax, my lad. It has been restored to the highest place in the republic.”

Syntax, my lad. It has been restored to the highest place in the republic.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “It is a nice thing to be working and believing in my work again. I hope I can keep the drive. I only feel whole and well when it is this way.”

It is a nice thing to be working and believing in my work again. I hope I can keep the drive. I only feel whole and well when it is this way.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I have starved and it isn’t nearly as bad as is generally supposed. Four days and a half was my longest stretch. Maybe there are pains that come later. Personally I think terror is the painful part of starvation.”

I have starved and it isn’t nearly as bad as is generally supposed. Four days and a half was my longest stretch. Maybe there are pains that come later. Personally I think terror is the painful part of starvation.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “No one knows my ability the way I do. I am pushing against it all the time.”

No one knows my ability the way I do. I am pushing against it all the time.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “One pays for everything, the trick is not to pay too much of anything for anything.”

One pays for everything, the trick is not to pay too much of anything for anything.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I think bullfights are for men who aren’t very brave and wish they were.”

I think bullfights are for men who aren’t very brave and wish they were.

— John Steinbeck

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