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John Steinbeck Quote: “The trash and litter of nature disappears into the ground with the passing of each year, but man’s litter has more permanence.”

The trash and litter of nature disappears into the ground with the passing of each year, but man’s litter has more permanence.

— John Steinbeck



John Steinbeck Quote: “A man on a horse is spiritually, as well as physically, bigger then a man on foot.”

A man on a horse is spiritually, as well as physically, bigger then a man on foot.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “It’s a hard thing to leave any deeply routine life, even if you hate it.”

It’s a hard thing to leave any deeply routine life, even if you hate it.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “An ocean without unnamed monsters would be like sleep without dreams.”

An ocean without unnamed monsters would be like sleep without dreams.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.”

And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.”

Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Humanity has been passing through a gray and desolate time of confusion.”

Humanity has been passing through a gray and desolate time of confusion.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I shall revenge myself in the cruelest way you can imagine. I shall forget it.”

I shall revenge myself in the cruelest way you can imagine. I shall forget it.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?”

How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Strength and success; they are above morality, above criticism. It seems then, that it is not what you do, but how you do it and what you call it.”

Strength and success; they are above morality, above criticism. It seems then, that it is not what you do, but how you do it and what you call it.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “And their greed was for gold or God. They collected souls as they collected jewels.”

And their greed was for gold or God. They collected souls as they collected jewels.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them.”

Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “A dying people tolerates the present, rejects the future, and finds its satisfactions in past greatness and half remembered glory.”

A dying people tolerates the present, rejects the future, and finds its satisfactions in past greatness and half remembered glory.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “An unbelieved truth can hurt a man much more than a lie. It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times. There’s a punishment for it, and it’s usually crucifixion.”

An unbelieved truth can hurt a man much more than a lie. It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times. There’s a punishment for it, and it’s usually crucifixion.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study, and the passionate possession of all Texans.”

Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study, and the passionate possession of all Texans.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Why don’t you go on west to California? There’s work there, and it never gets cold. Why, you can reach out anywhere and pick an orange. Why, there’s always some kind of crop to work in. Why don’t you go there?”

Why don’t you go on west to California? There’s work there, and it never gets cold. Why, you can reach out anywhere and pick an orange. Why, there’s always some kind of crop to work in. Why don’t you go there?

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I nearly always write just as I nearly always breathe. – John Steinbeck.”

I nearly always write just as I nearly always breathe. – John Steinbeck.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “In poverty she is envious. In riches she may be a snob. Money does not change the sickness, only the symptoms.”

In poverty she is envious. In riches she may be a snob. Money does not change the sickness, only the symptoms.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Give a critic an inch, he’ll write a play.”

Give a critic an inch, he’ll write a play.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Muscles aching to work, minds aching to create – this is man.”

Muscles aching to work, minds aching to create – this is man.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Thoughts are slow and deep and golden in the morning.”

Thoughts are slow and deep and golden in the morning.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.”

The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “There’s a responsibility in being a person. It’s more than just taking up space where air would be.”

There’s a responsibility in being a person. It’s more than just taking up space where air would be.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “You must not forget that a monster is only a variation, and that to a monster the norm is monstrous.”

You must not forget that a monster is only a variation, and that to a monster the norm is monstrous.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.”

Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do.”

There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Some men are friends with the whole world in their hearts, and there are others that hate themselves and spread their hatred around like butter on hot bread.”

Some men are friends with the whole world in their hearts, and there are others that hate themselves and spread their hatred around like butter on hot bread.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Intention, good or bad, is not enough.”

Intention, good or bad, is not enough.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “In nature two things do not occur-the wheel and good taste.”

In nature two things do not occur-the wheel and good taste.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The human is the only guilty animal.”

The human is the only guilty animal.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Three hours of writing require twenty hours of preparation. Luckily I have learned to dream about the work, which saves me some working time.”

Three hours of writing require twenty hours of preparation. Luckily I have learned to dream about the work, which saves me some working time.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The craft or art of writing is the clumsy attempt to find symbols for the wordlessness.”

The craft or art of writing is the clumsy attempt to find symbols for the wordlessness.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “You know most people live ninety per cent in the past, seven per cent in the present, and that only leaves them three per cent for the future.”

You know most people live ninety per cent in the past, seven per cent in the present, and that only leaves them three per cent for the future.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I suppose our capacity for self-delusion is boundless.”

I suppose our capacity for self-delusion is boundless.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The candle aimed its spark of light at heaven, like an artist who consumes himself to become divine.”

The candle aimed its spark of light at heaven, like an artist who consumes himself to become divine.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”

Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “In uncertainty I am certain that underneath their topmost layers of frailty men want to be good and want to be loved.”

In uncertainty I am certain that underneath their topmost layers of frailty men want to be good and want to be loved.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “People are felt rather than seen after the first few moments...”

People are felt rather than seen after the first few moments...

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.”

Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Can you honestly love a dishonest thing?”

Can you honestly love a dishonest thing?

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “His ear heard more than what was said to him, and his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought.”

His ear heard more than what was said to him, and his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “It is not good to want a thing too much. It sometimes drives the luck away. You must want it just enough, and you must be very tactful with Gods or the gods.”

It is not good to want a thing too much. It sometimes drives the luck away. You must want it just enough, and you must be very tactful with Gods or the gods.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Books ain’t no good. A guy needs somebody – to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody.”

Books ain’t no good. A guy needs somebody – to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Man has a choice and it’s a choice that makes him a man.”

Man has a choice and it’s a choice that makes him a man.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession.”

I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “He said, “I am a man,” and that meant certain things to Juana. It meant that he was half insane and half god.”

He said, “I am a man,” and that meant certain things to Juana. It meant that he was half insane and half god.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “There are monstrous changes taking place in the world, forces shaping a future whose face we do not know. Some of these forces seem evil to us, perhaps not in themselves but because their tendency is to eliminate other things we hold good.”

There are monstrous changes taking place in the world, forces shaping a future whose face we do not know. Some of these forces seem evil to us, perhaps not in themselves but because their tendency is to eliminate other things we hold good.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “A man without words is a man without thought.”

A man without words is a man without thought.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Some people there are who, being grown; forget the horrible task of learning to read. It is perhaps the greatest single effort that the human undertakes, and he must do it as a child.”

Some people there are who, being grown; forget the horrible task of learning to read. It is perhaps the greatest single effort that the human undertakes, and he must do it as a child.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Death was a friend, and sleep was Death’s brother.”

Death was a friend, and sleep was Death’s brother.

— John Steinbeck

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