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Top 500 John Steinbeck Quotes (2022 Update)
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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.”
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.”
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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Can you honestly love a dishonest thing?”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I am happy to report that in the war between reality and romance, reality is not the stronger.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Death was a friend, and sleep was Death’s brother.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “You never oughta drink water when it ain’t runnin’.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Perhaps it takes courage to raise children...”
John Steinbeck Quote: “The flies have conquered the flypaper.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Poetry is the mathematics of writing and closely kin to music.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner.”
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 object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “The comfortable people in tight houses felt pity at first, and then distaste, and finally hatred for the migrant people.”
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: “I’ve always seen you, angel. From the moment you found me, I’ve seen nothing but you.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Hate cannot live alone. It must have love as a trigger, a goad, or a stimulant.”
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: “Time is the only critic without ambition.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Out of all this struggle a good thing is going to grow. That makes it worthwhile.”
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: “Sometimes a kind of glory lights up the mind of a man.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Oh, the strawberries don’t taste as they used to and the thighs of women have lost their clutch!”
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: “But think of the glory of the choice! That makes a man a man. A cat has no choice, a bee must make honey. There’s no godliness there.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Saints can spring from any soil.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Father and son are natural enemies and each is happier and more secure in keeping it that way.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “This I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “He never fell, never slipped back, never flew.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Men seem to be born with a debt they can never pay no matter how hard they try. It piles up ahead of them. Man owes something to man. If he ignores the debt it poisons him, and if he tries to make payments the debt only increases, and the quality of his gift is the measure of the man.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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: “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 Quote: “I guess I’m trying to say, Grab anything that goes by. It may not come around again.”
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.”
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.”
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