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John Steinbeck Quote: “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.

— John Steinbeck



John Steinbeck Quote: “A little hope, even hopeless hope, never hurt anybody.”

A little hope, even hopeless hope, never hurt anybody.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.”

It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “If you understand each other you will be kind to each other.”

If you understand each other you will be kind to each other.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “We only have one story. All novels, all poetry are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil.”

We only have one story. All novels, all poetry are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “You know how advice is. You only want it if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyway.”

You know how advice is. You only want it if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyway.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “There is comfort in routine.”

There is comfort in routine.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on.”

Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.”

Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.”

Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Just set one day’s work in front of the last day’s work. That’s the way it comes out. And that’s the only way it does.”

Just set one day’s work in front of the last day’s work. That’s the way it comes out. And that’s the only way it does.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “You can boast about anything if it’s all you have. Maybe the less you have, the more you are required to boast.”

You can boast about anything if it’s all you have. Maybe the less you have, the more you are required to boast.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I believe that love cannot be bought except with love.”

I believe that love cannot be bought except with love.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “There are as many worlds as there are kinds of days, and as an opal changes its colors and its fire to match the nature of a day, so do I.”

There are as many worlds as there are kinds of days, and as an opal changes its colors and its fire to match the nature of a day, so do I.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Farewell has a sweet sound of reluctance. Good-by is short and final, a word with teeth sharp to bite through the string that ties past to the future.”

Farewell has a sweet sound of reluctance. Good-by is short and final, a word with teeth sharp to bite through the string that ties past to the future.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”

Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I wrote The Grapes of Wrath in one hundred days, but many years of preparation preceded it.”

I wrote The Grapes of Wrath in one hundred days, but many years of preparation preceded it.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “There are no ugly questions except those clothed in condescension.”

There are no ugly questions except those clothed in condescension.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty.”

The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Somewhere in the world there is a defeat for everyone. Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory. Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat and victory.”

Somewhere in the world there is a defeat for everyone. Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory. Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat and victory.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “To be alive at all is to have scars.”

To be alive at all is to have scars.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid any more.”

A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid any more.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Your audience is one single reader. I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person-a real person you know, or an imagined person and write to that one.”

Your audience is one single reader. I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person-a real person you know, or an imagined person and write to that one.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Nearly everyone has his box of secret pain...”

Nearly everyone has his box of secret pain...

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Do not feel fear because if you live your life in fear you’re not living your hiding.”

Do not feel fear because if you live your life in fear you’re not living your hiding.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I know three things will never be believed – the true, the probable, and the logical.”

I know three things will never be believed – the true, the probable, and the logical.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “It is the hour of pearl – the interval between day and night when time stops and examines itself.”

It is the hour of pearl – the interval between day and night when time stops and examines itself.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Luck, you see, brings bitter friends.”

Luck, you see, brings bitter friends.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Perhaps the best conversationalist in the world is the man who helps others to talk.”

Perhaps the best conversationalist in the world is the man who helps others to talk.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Man is the only kind of varmint sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it.”

Man is the only kind of varmint sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “There are two kinds of people in the world, observers and non-observers...”

There are two kinds of people in the world, observers and non-observers...

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Only mediocrity escapes criticism.”

Only mediocrity escapes criticism.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Perhaps the less we have, the more we are required to brag.”

Perhaps the less we have, the more we are required to brag.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I have named the destroyers of nations: comfort, plenty, and security – out of which grow a bored and slothful cynicism, in which rebellion against the world as it is, and myself as I am, are submerged in listless self-satisfaction.”

I have named the destroyers of nations: comfort, plenty, and security – out of which grow a bored and slothful cynicism, in which rebellion against the world as it is, and myself as I am, are submerged in listless self-satisfaction.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “At about 10 o’clock in the morning the sun threw a bright dust-laden bar through one of the side windows and in and out of the beam flies shot like rushing stars.”

At about 10 o’clock in the morning the sun threw a bright dust-laden bar through one of the side windows and in and out of the beam flies shot like rushing stars.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “What freedom men and women could have, were they not constantly tricked and trapped and enslaved and tortured by their sexuality! The only drawback in that freedom is that without it one would not be a human. One would be a monster.”

What freedom men and women could have, were they not constantly tricked and trapped and enslaved and tortured by their sexuality! The only drawback in that freedom is that without it one would not be a human. One would be a monster.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “People who are most afraid of their dreams convince themselves they don’t dream at all.”

People who are most afraid of their dreams convince themselves they don’t dream at all.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “A woman holds dreadful power over a man who is in love with her but she should realize that the quality and force of his love is the index of his potential contempt and hatred.”

A woman holds dreadful power over a man who is in love with her but she should realize that the quality and force of his love is the index of his potential contempt and hatred.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “My imagination will get me a passport to hell one day.”

My imagination will get me a passport to hell one day.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “No one wants advice – only corroboration.”

No one wants advice – only corroboration.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen. It’s scary to think about. Point of reference again. When two people meet, each one is changed by the other so you’ve got two new people.”

I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen. It’s scary to think about. Point of reference again. When two people meet, each one is changed by the other so you’ve got two new people.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The theater is the only institution in the world which has been dying for four thousand years and has never succumbed. It requires tough and devoted people to keep it alive.”

The theater is the only institution in the world which has been dying for four thousand years and has never succumbed. It requires tough and devoted people to keep it alive.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Trips to fairly unknown regions should be made twice; once to make mistakes and once to correct them.”

Trips to fairly unknown regions should be made twice; once to make mistakes and once to correct them.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Sometimes, a lie is told in kindness. I don’t believe it ever works kindly. The quick pain of truth can pass away, but the slow, eating agony of a lie is never lost.”

Sometimes, a lie is told in kindness. I don’t believe it ever works kindly. The quick pain of truth can pass away, but the slow, eating agony of a lie is never lost.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another-but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.”

It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another-but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Our people are good people; our people are kind people. Pray God some day kind people won’t all be poor.”

Our people are good people; our people are kind people. Pray God some day kind people won’t all be poor.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I have never smuggled anything in my life. Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier?”

I have never smuggled anything in my life. Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier?

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The words are meaningless except in terms of feeling. Does anyone act as the result of thought or does feeling stimulate action and sometimes thought implement it.”

The words are meaningless except in terms of feeling. Does anyone act as the result of thought or does feeling stimulate action and sometimes thought implement it.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I see too many men delay their exits with a sickly, slow reluctance to leave the stage. It’s bad theater as well as bad living.”

I see too many men delay their exits with a sickly, slow reluctance to leave the stage. It’s bad theater as well as bad living.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Men really need sea-monsters in their personal oceans. An ocean without its unnamed monsters would be like a completely dreamless sleep.”

Men really need sea-monsters in their personal oceans. An ocean without its unnamed monsters would be like a completely dreamless sleep.

— John Steinbeck

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