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Top 500 John Steinbeck Quotes (2022 Update)
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John Steinbeck Quote: “A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “The clouds appeared and went away, and in a while they did not try anymore.”
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: “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: “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: “You’re buying years of work, toil in the sun; you’re buying a sorrow that can’t talk.”
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: “He never forgot anything but he never bothered to arrange his memories. -Hazel, Cannery Row.”
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: “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: “Doc tips his hat to dogs as he drives by and the dogs look up and smile at him.”
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: “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: “My own journey started long before I left, and was over before I returned.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Orange and speckled and fluted nudibranchs slide gracefully over the rocks, their skirts waving like the dresses of Spanish dancers.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Life could not change the sun or water the desert, so it changed itself.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Cats drip over the fences and slither like syrup over the ground to look for fish heads. Silent.”
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: “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: “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: “There is no lostness like that which comes to a man when a perfect and certain pattern has dissolved about him.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Yeah,” said George. “I’ll come. But listen, Curley. The poor bastard’s nuts. Don’t shoot ‘im. He di’n’t know what he was doin’.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Only God sees the sparrow fall, but even God doesn’t do anything about it.”
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 am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “And this is about the way the Salinas Valley was when my grandfather brought his wife and settled in the foothills to the east of King City.”
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: “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: “And her joy was nearly like sorrow.”
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: “Abra was ready ere I called her name. And though I called another, Abra came.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “There is one sure thing about the fall of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter.”
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: “A dog is a bond between strangers.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “It was a morning like other mornings and yet perfect among mornings.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Everybody wants a little bit of land, not much. Jus’ som’thin’ that was his. Som’thin’ he could live on and there couldn’t nobody throw him off of it.”
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: “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: “Change was everywhere. People were gone, or changed, and that was almost like being gone.”
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: “She had a dour Presbyterian mind and a code of morals that pinned down and beat the brains out of nearly everything that was pleasant to do.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “To a monster the norm must seem monstrous, since everyone is normal to himself.”
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: “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: “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: “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: “Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.”
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: “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?”
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