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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: “Once Charley fell in love with a dachshund, a romance racially unsuitable, physically ridiculous, and mechanically impossible. But all these problems Charley ignored. He loved deeply and tried dogfully.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Money is not nice. Money got no friends but more money.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Learning to read is probably the most difficult and revolutionary thing that happens to the human brain and if you don’t believe that, watch an illiterate adult try to do it.”
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: “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: “The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I nearly always write just as I nearly always breathe. – John Steinbeck.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “The craft of writing is the art of penetrating other minds with the figures that are in your own mind.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Intention, good or bad, is not enough.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I suppose our capacity for self-delusion is boundless.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I find out of long experience that I admire all nations and hate all governments.”
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: “Thou mayest rule over sin.”
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: “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: “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: “Nobody changes. Nobody gets hurt.”
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: “So often men trip by being in a rush. If one were properly to perform a difficult and subtle act, he should first inspect the end to be achieved and then, once he had accepted the end as desirable, he should forget it completely and concentrate solely on the means. By this method he would not be moved to false action by anxiety or hurry or fear. Very few people learn this.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Once you have lived in New York and made it your home, no place else is good enough.”
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.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Only in laziness can one achieve a state of contemplation which is a balancing of values, a weighing of oneself against the world and the world against itself. A busy man cannot find time for such balancing. We do not think a lazy man can commit murders, nor great thefts, nor lead a mob. He would be more likely to think about it and laugh. And a nation of lazy contemplative men would be incapable of fighting a war unless their very laziness were attacked. Wars are the activities of busy-ness.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “One who was born by the ocean or has associated with it cannot ever be quite content away from it for very long.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “People are felt rather than seen after the first few moments...”
John Steinbeck Quote: “A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green. The water is warm too, for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sands in the sunlight before reaching the narrow pool.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I’ve done my damndest to rip a reader’s nerves to rags, I don’t want him satisfied.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I am happy to report that in the war between reality and romance, reality is not the stronger.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “He ain’t no cuckoo,” said George. “He’s dumb as hell, but he ain’t crazy. An’ I ain’t so bright neither, or I wouldn’t be buckin’ barley for my fifty and found.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “You never oughta drink water when it ain’t runnin’.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “If a bank or a finance company owned the land, the owner man said, The Bank – or the Company – needs – wants – insists – must have – as though the Bank or the Company were a monster, with thought and feeling, which had ensnared them. These last would take no responsibility for the banks or the companies because they were men and slaves, while the banks were machines and masters all at the same time.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Perhaps it takes courage to raise children...”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I guess this is why I hate governments, all governments. It is always the rule, the fine print, carried out by fine-print men. There’s nothing to fight, no wall to hammer with frustrated fists.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Poetry is the mathematics of writing and closely kin to music.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I know now why confusion in government is not only tolerated but encouraged. I have learned. A confused people can make no clear demands.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “The great companies did not know that the line between hunger and anger is a thin line.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Socialism is just another form of religion, and thus delusional.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “When the virus of restlessness begins to take possession of a wayward man, and the road away from Here seems broad and straight and sweet, the victim must first find himself a good and sufficient reason for going.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I’ve always seen you, angel. From the moment you found me, I’ve seen nothing but you.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Orange and speckled and fluted nudibranchs slide gracefully over the rocks, their skirts waving like the dresses of Spanish dancers.”
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