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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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “No one wants advice – only corroboration.”
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.”
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?”
John Steinbeck Quote: “The craft or art of writing is the clumsy attempt to find symbols for the wordlessness.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “A man on a horse is spiritually, as well as physically, bigger then a man on foot.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “There is nothing in the world like the first taste of beer.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “It seems to me Montana is a great splash of grandeur. The scale is huge but not overpowering. The land is rich with grass and color, and the mountains are the kind I would create if mountains were ever put on my agenda.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Man has a choice and it’s a choice that makes him a man.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Crooks avoided the whole subject now. “Maybe you guys better go,” he said. “I ain’t sure I want you in here no more. A colored man got to have some rights even if he don’t like ’em.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “An ocean without unnamed monsters would be like sleep without dreams.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “A man without words is a man without thought.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Muscles aching to work, minds aching to create – this is man.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against a fish and loses had it coming.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Literature is as old as speech. It grew out of a human need for it, and it has not changed except to become more needed.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “And their greed was for gold or God. They collected souls as they collected jewels.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Humanity has been passing through a gray and desolate time of confusion.”
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.”
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?”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study, and the passionate possession of all Texans.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Free men cannot start a war, but once it is started, they can fight on in defeat. Herd men, followers of a leader, cannot do that, and so it is always the herd men who win battles and the free men who win wars.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Thoughts are slow and deep and golden in the morning.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “A dying people tolerates the present, rejects the future, and finds its satisfactions in past greatness and half remembered glory.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “In poverty she is envious. In riches she may be a snob. Money does not change the sickness, only the symptoms.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I nearly always write just as I nearly always breathe. – John Steinbeck.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I have lost all sense of home, having moved about so much. It means to me now – only that place where the books are kept.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Give a critic an inch, he’ll write a play.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Intention, good or bad, is not enough.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I suppose our capacity for self-delusion is boundless.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “You must not forget that a monster is only a variation, and that to a monster the norm is monstrous.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “The human is the only guilty animal.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “In nature two things do not occur-the wheel and good taste.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “The candle aimed its spark of light at heaven, like an artist who consumes himself to become divine.”
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.”
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.”
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