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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: “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: “Hate cannot live alone. It must have love as a trigger, a goad, or a stimulant.”
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: “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 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: “Saints can spring from any soil.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Sometimes a kind of glory lights up the mind of a man.”
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: “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: “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: “We have to make a mark, even if it’s only a scribble.”
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: “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: “And just as there are physical monsters, can there not be mental or psychic monsters born? The face and body may be perfect, but if a twisted gene or a malformed egg can produce physical monsters, may not the same process produce a malformed soul?”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Father and son are natural enemies and each is happier and more secure in keeping it that way.”
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: “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 Quote: “The quick pain of truth can pass away, but the slow, eating agony of a lie is never lost.”
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: “The new migrants from the dust bowl are here to stay. They are the vest American stock, intelligent, resourceful; and, if given a chance, socially responsible. To attempt to force them into a peonage of starvation and intimidated despair will be unsuccessful. They can be citizens of the highest type, or they can be an army driven by suffering to take what they need. On their future treatment will depend the course they will be force to take.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I guess I’m trying to say, Grab anything that goes by. It may not come around again.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “It is a time of quiet joy, the sunny morning. When the glittery dew is on the mallow weeds, each leaf holds a jewel which is beautiful if not valuable. This is no time for hurry or for bustle. Thoughts are slow and deep and golden in the morning.”
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: “I need a dog pretty badly. I dreamed of dogs last night. They sat in a circle and looked at me and I wanted all of them.”
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: “He never fell, never slipped back, never flew.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “To a monster the norm must seem monstrous, since everyone is normal to himself. To the inner monster it must be even more obscure, since he has no visible thing to compare with others. To a man born without conscience, a soul-stricken man must seem ridiculous. To a criminal, honesty is foolish. You must not forget that a monster is only a variation, and to a monster the norm is monstrous.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “And, of course, people are interested only in themselves. If a story is not about the hearer he will not listen.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “When you know a friend is there you do not go to see him. Then he’s gone and you blast your conscience to shreds that you did not see him.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “So much there is to see, but our morning eyes describe a different world than do our afternoon eyes, and surely our wearied evening eyes can report only a weary evening world.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Give me a used Bible and I will, I think, be able to tell you about a man by the places that are edged with the dirt of seeking fingers.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “His whispered word seemed to hang in the air: “Timshel!” His eyes closed and he slept.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “And once a boy has suffered rejection, he will find rejection even where it does not exist-or, worse, will draw it forth from people simply by expecting it.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “If we could learn to like ourselves, even a little, maybe our cruelties and angers might melt away.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “The difficulty of course is that I like women. It is only wives I am in trouble with.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “In business and in politics a man must carve and maul his way through men to get to be King of the Mountain. Once there, he can be great and kind-but he must get there first.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “How can the poem and the stink and the grating noise – the quality of light, the tone, the habit and the dream – be set down alive?”
John Steinbeck Quote: “And finally comes culture, which is entertainment, relaxation, transport out of the pain of living.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “That is a great mystery,” said Doctor Winter. “That is a mystery that has disturbed rulers all over the world – how the people know. It disturbs the invaders now, I am told, how news runs through censorships, how the truth of things fights free of control. It is a great mystery.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Stories have haunted us and followed us from our beginning,” Samuel said. “We carry them along with us like invisible tails – the story of original sin and the story of Cain and Abel. And I don’t understand either of them. I don’t understand them at all but I feel them.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Things that happen are of no importance. But from everything that happens, there is a lesson to be learned.”
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.”
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