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John Steinbeck Quote: “Oh, but strawberries will never taste so good again and the thighs of women have lost their clutch!”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I seen too many guys with land in their head. They never get none under their hand.”
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: “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: “Once you have lived in New York and made it your home, no place else is good enough.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I’m gettin’ tired way past where sleep rests me.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “There is a crime here that goes beyond denunciation. There is a sorrow here that weeping cannot symbolize. There is a failure here that topples all our success. The fertile earth, the straight tree rows, the sturdy trunks, and the ripe fruit. And children dying of pellagra must die because a profit cannot be taken from an orange. And coroners must fill in the certificates – died of malnutrition – because the food must rot, must be forced to rot.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Must hunger become anger and anger fury before anything will be done?”
John Steinbeck Quote: “There wasn’t any limit, no boundary at all, to the future. And it would be so a man wouldn’t have room to store his happiness.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “We are lonesome animals. We spend all life trying to be less lonesome.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “They fell into a silence. They looked at one another, amazed. This thing they had never really believed in was coming true.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “It is advisable to look from the tide pools to the stars and then back to the tide pool again.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “No one who is young is ever going to be old.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Don’t roust your faith bird-high an’ you won’t do no crawlin’ with the worms.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “All we got is the family unbroke.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I’m learnin’ one thing good,” she said. “Learnin’ it all a time, ever’ day. If you’re in trouble or hurt or need – go to poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Act out being alive, like a play. And after a while, a long while, it will be true.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Literature was not promulgated by a pale and emasculated critical priesthood singing their litanies in empty churches, nor is it a game for the cloistered elect, the tinhorn mendicants of low calorie despair.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Lennie said quietly, “It ain’t no lie. We’re gonna do it. Gonna get a little place an’ live on the fatta the lan’.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I have noticed that there is no dissatisfaction like that of the rich. Feed a man, clothe him, put him in a good house, and he will die of despair.”
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.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “We can shoot rockets into space but we can’t cure anger or discontent.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “With a few exceptions people don’t want money. They want luxury and they want love and they want admiration.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Eventlessness has no posts to drape duration on. From nothing to nothing is no time at all.”
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: “I’ve lived in good climate, and it bores the hell out of me. I like weather rather than climate.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “But I do feel strange-almost unearthly. I’ll never get used to being alive. It’s a mystery. Always startled to find I’ve survived.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “For it is said that humans are never satisfied, that you give them one thing and they want something more. And this is said in disparagement, whereas it is one of the greatest talents the species has and one that has made it superior to animals that are satisfied with what they have.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “When I was very young and the urge to be someplace was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean question: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well – or ill?”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one, that has frightened and inspired us, so that we live in a Pearl White serial of continuing thought and wonder. Humans are caught – in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too – in a net of good and evil. I think this is the only story we have and that it occurs on all levels of feeling and intelligence.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Teachers don’t just teach; they can be vital personalities who help young people to mature, to understand the world, and to understand themselves. A good education consists of much more than useful facts and marketable skills.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “We value virtue but do not discuss it. The honest bookkeeper, the faithful wife, the earnest scholar get little of our attention compared to the embezzler, the tramp, the cheat.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “A man so painfully in love is capable of self-torture beyond belief.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “A guy sets alone out here at night, maybe readin’ books or thinkin’ or stuff like that. Sometimes he gets thinkin’, an’ he got nothing to tell him what’s so an’ what ain’t so. Maybe if he sees somethin’, he don’t know whether it’s right or not. He can’t turn to some other guy and ast him if he sees it too. He can’t tell. He got nothing to measure by.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “You’re going to pass something down no matter what you do or if you do nothing. Even if you let yourself go fallow, the weeds will grow and the brambles. Something will grow.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “You’re buying years of work, toil in the sun; you’re buying a sorrow that can’t talk.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “He never forgot anything but he never bothered to arrange his memories. -Hazel, Cannery Row.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “No story has power, nor will it last, unless we feel in ourselves that it is true and true of us.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “And the women sighed with relief, for they knew it was all right – the break had not come; and the break would never come as long as fear could turn to wrath.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “All Americans believe that they are born fishermen. For a man to admit a distaste for fishing would be like denouncing mother-love or hating moonlight.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Life could not change the sun or water the desert, so it changed itself.”
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