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John Steinbeck Quote: “No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe.”

No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe.

— John Steinbeck



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.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “Perhaps it takes courage to raise children...”

Perhaps it takes courage to raise children...

— John Steinbeck


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.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “You never oughta drink water when it ain’t runnin’.”

You never oughta drink water when it ain’t runnin’.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Poetry is the mathematics of writing and closely kin to music.”

Poetry is the mathematics of writing and closely kin to music.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I’ve always seen you, angel. From the moment you found me, I’ve seen nothing but you.”

I’ve always seen you, angel. From the moment you found me, I’ve seen nothing but you.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The comfortable people in tight houses felt pity at first, and then distaste, and finally hatred for the migrant people.”

The comfortable people in tight houses felt pity at first, and then distaste, and finally hatred for the migrant people.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Well, every little boy thinks he invented sin. Virtue we think we learn, because we are told about it. But sin is our own designing.”

Well, every little boy thinks he invented sin. Virtue we think we learn, because we are told about it. But sin is our own designing.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Sometimes a kind of glory lights up the mind of a man.”

Sometimes a kind of glory lights up the mind of a man.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The great companies did not know that the line between hunger and anger is a thin line.”

The great companies did not know that the line between hunger and anger is a thin line.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner.”

A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner.

— John Steinbeck


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.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “Niagara Falls is very nice. I’m very glad I saw it, because from now on if I am asked whether I have seen Niagara Falls I can say yes, and be telling the truth for once.”

Niagara Falls is very nice. I’m very glad I saw it, because from now on if I am asked whether I have seen Niagara Falls I can say yes, and be telling the truth for once.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “He never fell, never slipped back, never flew.”

He never fell, never slipped back, never flew.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “When Kino had finished, Juana came back to the fire and ate her breakfast. They had spoken once, but there is not need for speech if it is only a habit anyway. Kino sighed with satisfaction – and that was conversation.”

When Kino had finished, Juana came back to the fire and ate her breakfast. They had spoken once, but there is not need for speech if it is only a habit anyway. Kino sighed with satisfaction – and that was conversation.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Hate cannot live alone. It must have love as a trigger, a goad, or a stimulant.”

Hate cannot live alone. It must have love as a trigger, a goad, or a stimulant.

— John Steinbeck


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.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “I am happy to report that in the war between reality and romance, reality is not the stronger.”

I am happy to report that in the war between reality and romance, reality is not the stronger.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The mountains of things we throw away are much greater than the things we use. In this, if in no other way, we can see the wild and reckless exuberance of our production, and waste seems to be the index.”

The mountains of things we throw away are much greater than the things we use. In this, if in no other way, we can see the wild and reckless exuberance of our production, and waste seems to be the index.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Oh, the strawberries don’t taste as they used to and the thighs of women have lost their clutch!”

Oh, the strawberries don’t taste as they used to and the thighs of women have lost their clutch!

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I have written a great many stories and I still don’t know how to go about it except to write it and take my chances.”

I have written a great many stories and I still don’t know how to go about it except to write it and take my chances.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world.”

Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.”

The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.”

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “And this you can know- fear the time when Manself will not suffer and die for a concept, for this one quality is man, distinctive in the universe.”

And this you can know- fear the time when Manself will not suffer and die for a concept, for this one quality is man, distinctive in the universe.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Saints can spring from any soil.”

Saints can spring from any soil.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The difficulty of course is that I like women. It is only wives I am in trouble with.”

The difficulty of course is that I like women. It is only wives I am in trouble with.

— John Steinbeck


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.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “Doc still loved true things but he knew that it was not a general love and it could be a very dangerous mistress.”

Doc still loved true things but he knew that it was not a general love and it could be a very dangerous mistress.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “My wants are simple. I have no desire to latch onto a monster symbol of fate and power and prove my manhood in titanic piscine war. But sometimes I do like a couple of cooperative fish of frying size.”

My wants are simple. I have no desire to latch onto a monster symbol of fate and power and prove my manhood in titanic piscine war. But sometimes I do like a couple of cooperative fish of frying size.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It is a mystique closely approximating a religion.”

I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It is a mystique closely approximating a religion.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Out of all this struggle a good thing is going to grow. That makes it worthwhile.”

Out of all this struggle a good thing is going to grow. That makes it worthwhile.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “A boy gets to be a man when a man is needed. Remember this thing. I have known boys forty years old because there was no need for a man:.”

A boy gets to be a man when a man is needed. Remember this thing. I have known boys forty years old because there was no need for a man:.

— 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.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “I find out of long experience that I admire all nations and hate all governments.”

I find out of long experience that I admire all nations and hate all governments.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Father and son are natural enemies and each is happier and more secure in keeping it that way.”

Father and son are natural enemies and each is happier and more secure in keeping it that way.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “This I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.”

This I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The curious hocus-pocus of criticism I can’t take seriously. It consists in squirreling up some odd phrases and then waiting for a book to come running by.”

The curious hocus-pocus of criticism I can’t take seriously. It consists in squirreling up some odd phrases and then waiting for a book to come running by.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “One man was so mad at me that he ended his letter Beware. You will never get out of this world alive.”

One man was so mad at me that he ended his letter Beware. You will never get out of this world alive.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.”

And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “A good writer always works at the impossible.”

A good writer always works at the impossible.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I guess I’m trying to say, Grab anything that goes by. It may not come around again.”

I guess I’m trying to say, Grab anything that goes by. It may not come around again.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Luck or tragedy, some people get runs. Then of course there are those who divide it even, good and bad, but we never hear of them. Such a life doesn’t demand attention. Only the people who get the good or bad runs.”

Luck or tragedy, some people get runs. Then of course there are those who divide it even, good and bad, but we never hear of them. Such a life doesn’t demand attention. Only the people who get the good or bad runs.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down.”

Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.”

Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “And finally comes culture, which is entertainment, relaxation, transport out of the pain of living.”

And finally comes culture, which is entertainment, relaxation, transport out of the pain of living.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Time is more complex near the sea than in any other place, for in addition to the circling of the sun and the turning of the seasons, the waves beat out the passage of time on the rocks and the tides rise and fall as a great clepsydra.”

Time is more complex near the sea than in any other place, for in addition to the circling of the sun and the turning of the seasons, the waves beat out the passage of time on the rocks and the tides rise and fall as a great clepsydra.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “A writer lives in awe of words, for they can be cruel or kind, and they can change their meanings right in front of you. They pick up flavors and odors like butter in a refrigerator.”

A writer lives in awe of words, for they can be cruel or kind, and they can change their meanings right in front of you. They pick up flavors and odors like butter in a refrigerator.

— John Steinbeck


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.”

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

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