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John Steinbeck Quote: “Then crop failure, drought, and flood were no longer little deaths within life, but simple losses of money. And all their love was thinned with money, and all their fierceness dribbled away in interest until they were no longer farmers at all, but little shopkeepers of crops, little manufacturers who must sell before they can make.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “A plan is a real thing, and things projected are experienced. A plan once made and visualized becomes reality along with other realities – never to be destroyed but easily to be attacked.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “A funeral isn’t for the dead. You’ll simply be a stage set for a kind of festival maybe. And besides, you won’t even be there.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I’m back with my own kind of people here now, the bums and drinkers and no goods and it is a fine thing.”
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: “A kind of second childhood falls on so many men. They trade their violence for the promise of a small increase of life span. In effect, the head of the house becomes the youngest child.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “A book is somehow sacred. A dictator can kill and maim people, can sink to any kind of tyranny and only be hated, but when books are burned the ultimate in tyranny has happened. This we cannot forgive.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Trouble with mice is you always kill ’em.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “There is no lostness like that which comes to a man when a perfect and certain pattern has dissolved about him.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “My own journey started long before I left, and was over before I returned.”
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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Evening of a hot day started the little wind to moving among the leaves. The shade climbed up the hills toward the top. On the sand banks the rabbits sat as quietly as little gray, sculptured stones.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “No – the stars are close and dear and I have joined the brotherhood of the worlds. And everything’s holy – everything, even me.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “For the world was changing, and sweetness was gone, and virtue too. Worry had crept on a corroding world, and what was lost- good manners, ease and beauty? Ladies were not ladies anymore, and you couldn’t trust a gentleman’s word.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Cats drip over the fences and slither like syrup over the ground to look for fish heads. Silent.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “We now face the danger, which in the past has been the most destructive to thehumans: Success, plenty, comfort and ever-increasing leisure. No dynamic peoplehas ever survived these dangers.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Well, I remember this girl. I am not whole without her. I am not alive without her. When she was with me I was more alive than I have ever been, and not only when she was pleasant either. Even when we were fighting I was whole.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “She shook her head slowly from side to side. “I’m jus’ pain covered with skin.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Socialism is just another form of religion, and thus delusional.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Lord, how the day passes! It’s like a life – so quickly when we don’t watch it and so slowly when we do.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “The bank – the monster has to have profits all the time. It can’t wait. It’ll die. No, taxes go on. When the monster stops growing, it dies. It can’t stay one size.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “To a monster the norm must seem monstrous, since everyone is normal to himself.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “And her joy was nearly like sorrow.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Riches seem to come to the poor in spirit, the poor in interest and joy. To put it straight – the very rich are a poor bunch of bastards.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “There was the hills, an’ there was me, an’ we wasn’t separate no more. We was one thing. An’ that one thing was holy.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Abra was ready ere I called her name. And though I called another, Abra came.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “People like you to be something, preferably what they are.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “When a man says he does not want to speak of something he usually means he can think of nothing else.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Change was everywhere. People were gone, or changed, and that was almost like being gone.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Men really do need sea-monsters in their personal oceans.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “You’ve seen the sun flatten and take strange shapes just before it sinks in the ocean. Do you have to tell yourself every time that it’s an illusion caused by atmospheric dust and light distorted by the sea, or do you simply enjoy the beauty of it?”
John Steinbeck Quote: “For it is my opinion that we enclose and celebrate the freaks of our nation and our civilization. Yellowstone National Park is no more representative of America than is Disneyland.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “A dog is a bond between strangers.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Only God sees the sparrow fall, but even God doesn’t do anything about it.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “The people don’t like to be conquered, sir, and so they will not be. 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. You will find that is so, sir.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I hope you know what you’re doing when you issue me a license to talk. I’ve heard two ways of looking at it. One says the silent man is the wise man and the other that a man without words is a man without thought. Naturally I favor the second.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “These too are of a burning color – not orange, not gold, but if pure gold were liquid and could raise a cream, that golden cream might be like the color of the poppies.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Books ain’t no good. A guy needs somebody – to be near him.” He whined, “A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t make no difference who the guy is, long’s he’s with you. I tell ya,” he cried, “I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick.”
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.”
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: “It’s a thing to see when a boy comes home. It’s a thing to see.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “He was born in Bercy on the outskirts of Paris and trained in France, and while he knows a little Poodle-English, he responds quickly only to commands in French. Otherwise he has to translate, and that slows him down.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I know people who are so immersed in road maps that they never see the countryside they pass through, and others who, having traced a route, are held to it as though held by flanged wheels to rails.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “It was a morning like other mornings and yet perfect among mornings.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “For there are two possible reactions to social ostracism – either a man emerges determined to be better, purer, and kindlier or he goes bad, challenges the world and does even worse things. The last is by far the commonest reaction to stigma.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “In uncertainty I am certain that underneath their topmost layers of frailty men want to be good and want to be loved. Indeed, most of their vices are attempted shortcuts to love... We have only one story. All novels, all poetry, are built on the neverending contest in ourselves of good and evil.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “This was an evil beyond thinking. The killing of a man was not so evil as the killing of a boat. For a boat does not have sons, and a boat cannot protect itself, and a wounded boat does not heal.”
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