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John Steinbeck Quote: “You can’t slice up morals.”

You can’t slice up morals.

— John Steinbeck



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.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “With all our horrors and faults, somewhere in us there is a shining.”

With all our horrors and faults, somewhere in us there is a shining.

— John Steinbeck


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.”

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


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.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper.”

Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper.

— John Steinbeck


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.”

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


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.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.”

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The design of a book is the pattern of a reality controlled and shaped by the mind of a writer.”

The design of a book is the pattern of a reality controlled and shaped by the mind of a writer.

— John Steinbeck


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?”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page a day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.”

Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page a day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “We know what we got, and we don’t care whether you know it or not.”

We know what we got, and we don’t care whether you know it or not.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The Mojave is a big desert and a frightening one. It’s as though nature tested a man for endurance and constancy to prove whether he was good enough to get to California.”

The Mojave is a big desert and a frightening one. It’s as though nature tested a man for endurance and constancy to prove whether he was good enough to get to California.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The people in flight from the terror behind-strange things happen to them, some bitterly cruel and some so beautiful that the faith is refired forever.”

The people in flight from the terror behind-strange things happen to them, some bitterly cruel and some so beautiful that the faith is refired forever.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “When two people meet, each one is changed by the other so you’ve got two new people.”

When two people meet, each one is changed by the other so you’ve got two new people.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It’s the monster. Men made it, but they can’t control it.”

The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It’s the monster. Men made it, but they can’t control it.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “There is nothing in the world like the first taste of beer.”

There is nothing in the world like the first taste of beer.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “If you want to destroy a nation, give it too much – make it greedy, miserable and sick.”

If you want to destroy a nation, give it too much – make it greedy, miserable and sick.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Well, I never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy. I just like to know what your interest is.”

Well, I never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy. I just like to know what your interest is.

— John Steinbeck


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.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “Man himself has become our greatest hazard and our only hope. So that today, St. John the apostle may well be paraphrased: In the end is the Word, and the Word is Man – and the Word is with Men.”

Man himself has become our greatest hazard and our only hope. So that today, St. John the apostle may well be paraphrased: In the end is the Word, and the Word is Man – and the Word is with Men.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “A stilted heron labored up into the air and pounded down the river.”

A stilted heron labored up into the air and pounded down the river.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I can still tend the rabbits, George? I didn’t mean no harm, George.”

I can still tend the rabbits, George? I didn’t mean no harm, George.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I like a lot of talk in a book and I don’t like to have nobody tell me what the guy that’s talking looks like. I want to figure out what he looks like from the way he talks.”

I like a lot of talk in a book and I don’t like to have nobody tell me what the guy that’s talking looks like. I want to figure out what he looks like from the way he talks.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “You know what it is? San Francisco is a golden handcuff with the key thrown away.”

You know what it is? San Francisco is a golden handcuff with the key thrown away.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “People need responsibility. They resist assuming it, but they cannot get along without it.”

People need responsibility. They resist assuming it, but they cannot get along without it.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Must hunger become anger and anger fury before anything will be done?”

Must hunger become anger and anger fury before anything will be done?

— John Steinbeck


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.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “I’ve done my damndest to rip a reader’s nerves to rags, I don’t want him satisfied.”

I’ve done my damndest to rip a reader’s nerves to rags, I don’t want him satisfied.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “No one who is young is ever going to be old.”

No one who is young is ever going to be old.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “We are lonesome animals. We spend all life trying to be less lonesome.”

We are lonesome animals. We spend all life trying to be less lonesome.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Act out being alive, like a play. And after a while, a long while, it will be true.”

Act out being alive, like a play. And after a while, a long while, it will be true.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “It was a day as different from other days as dogs are from cats and both of them from chrysanthemums or tidal waves or scarlet fever.”

It was a day as different from other days as dogs are from cats and both of them from chrysanthemums or tidal waves or scarlet fever.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I am a little man and this is a little town, but there must be a spark in little men that can burst into flame.”

I am a little man and this is a little town, but there must be a spark in little men that can burst into flame.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “All we got is the family unbroke.”

All we got is the family unbroke.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Don’t you dare take the lazy way. It’s too easy to excuse yourself because of your ancestry. Don’t let me catch you doing it! Now – look close at me so you will remember. Whatever you do, it will be you who do.”

Don’t you dare take the lazy way. It’s too easy to excuse yourself because of your ancestry. Don’t let me catch you doing it! Now – look close at me so you will remember. Whatever you do, it will be you who do.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I seen too many guys with land in their head. They never get none under their hand.”

I seen too many guys with land in their head. They never get none under their hand.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.”

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “You’re buying years of work, toil in the sun; you’re buying a sorrow that can’t talk.”

You’re buying years of work, toil in the sun; you’re buying a sorrow that can’t talk.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “This monster of a land, this mightiest of nations, this spawn of the future, turns out to be the macrocosm of microcosm me.”

This monster of a land, this mightiest of nations, this spawn of the future, turns out to be the macrocosm of microcosm me.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Sometimes when she was alone, and she knew she was alone, she permitted her mind to play in a garden, and she smiled.”

Sometimes when she was alone, and she knew she was alone, she permitted her mind to play in a garden, and she smiled.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “A man so painfully in love is capable of self-torture beyond belief.”

A man so painfully in love is capable of self-torture beyond belief.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog.”

I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Eventlessness has no posts to drape duration on. From nothing to nothing is no time at all.”

Eventlessness has no posts to drape duration on. From nothing to nothing is no time at all.

— John Steinbeck


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.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “The ancient commission of the writer has not changed. He is charged with exposing our many grievous faults and failures, with dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement.”

The ancient commission of the writer has not changed. He is charged with exposing our many grievous faults and failures, with dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “With a few exceptions people don’t want money. They want luxury and they want love and they want admiration.”

With a few exceptions people don’t want money. They want luxury and they want love and they want admiration.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Ah, the prayers of the millions, how they must fight and destroy each other on their way to the throne of God.”

Ah, the prayers of the millions, how they must fight and destroy each other on their way to the throne of God.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The people say that the two seemed to be removed from human experience; that they had gone through pain and had come out on the other side.”

The people say that the two seemed to be removed from human experience; that they had gone through pain and had come out on the other side.

— John Steinbeck

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