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John Steinbeck Quote: “And the people listened, and their faces were quiet with listening. The story tellers, gathering attention into their tales, spoke in great rhythms, spoke in great words because the tales were great, and the listeners became great through them.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Don’t ever ask directions of a Maine native,” I was told. “Why ever not?” “Somehow we think it is funny to misdirect people and we don’t smile when we do it, but we laugh inwardly. It is our nature.” I wonder if that is true. I could never test it, because through my own efforts I am lost most of the time without any help from anyone.”
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 great concepts of oneness and of majestic order seem always to be born in the desert.”
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: “The sad ones are those who waste their energy in trying to hold it back, for they can only feel bitterness in loss and no joy in gain.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “The men were ruthless because the past had been spoiled, but the women knew how the past would cry to them in the coming days.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Her dark eyes made little reflected stars. She was looking at him as she was always looking.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “And her eyes were on the highway, where life whizzed by.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “It isn’t like the rest of the country – it is like a nation itself – more tolerant than the rest in a curious way. Littleness gets swallowed up here. All the viciousness that makes other cities vicious is sucked up and absorbed in New York.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I’ve always taken my hangovers as consequence, not as a punishment.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Some men ease themselves like setting hens into the nest of death.”
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: “The fields were fruitful, and starving men moved on the roads.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I was mean life a wolf. Now i’m mean like a weasel. When you’re huntin’ somepin you’re a hunter, an’ you’re strong. Can’t nobody beat a hunter. But when you get hunted – that’s different. Somepin happens to you. You ain’t strong; maybe you’re fierce, but you ain’t strong. I been hunted now for a long time. I ain’t no hunter no more.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Socialism never took root in America.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “There was a huge moon over the western mountains, and it made the city seem even more mysterious and old, and the great black castle on the ridge stood out in front of the moon. And if there are ghosts anyplace in the world, they must be here, and if there is a ghost of Queen Tamara, she must have been walking the ridge in the moonlight that night.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Failure is a state of mind. It’s like one of those sand traps an ant lion digs. You keep sliding back. Takes one hell of a jump to get out of it.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Men all do about the same thing when they wake up.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “A wife is like a children’s movie; always under-appreciated and without either, life would be incomplete.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “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.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “It was well known that Liza Hamilton and the Lord God held similar convictions on nearly every subject.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “And of course they were descended from the ancient kings of Ireland, as every Irishman is.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “The sound of a jet, an engine warming up, even the clopping of shod hooves on pavement brings on the ancient shudder, the dry mouth and vacant eye, the hot palms and the churn of stomach high up under the rib cage.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “For the most part people are not curious except about themselves.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “One of the laws of paleontology is that an animal which must protect itself with thick armour is degenerate. It is usually a sign that the species is on the road to extinction.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Any man of reasonable intelligence can make money if that’s what he wants. Mostly it’s women or clothes or admiration he really wants and they deflect him.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Just as our bread, mixed and baked, packaged and sold without benefit of accident or human frailty, is uniformly good and uniformly tasteless, so will our speech become one speech.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “They’s a time of change, an’ when that comes, dyin’ is a piece of all dyin’, and bearin’ is a piece of all bearin’, an’ bearin’ an’ dyin’ is two pieces of the same thing. An’ then things ain’t lonely any more. An’ then a hurt don’t hurt so bad, ’cause it ain’t a lonely hurt no more, Rosasharn. I wisht I could tell you so you’d know, but I can’t.’’ And her voice was so soft, so full of love, that tears crowded into Rose of Sharon’s eyes, and flowed over her eyes and blinded her.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “You ain’t worth a greased lack pin to ram you into hell.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “The break would never come as long as fear could turn to wrath.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Misfortune is a fact of nature acceptable to women, especially when it falls on other women.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “To hell with that rotten century! Let’s get it over and the door closed shut on it! Let’s close it like a book and go on reading! New chapter, new life. A man will have clean hands once we get the lid slammed shut on that stinking century. It’s a fair thing ahead. There’s no rot on this clean new hundred years. It’s not stacked, and any bastard who deals seconds from this new deck of years – why, we’ll crucify him head down over a privy.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Maybe – maybe love makes you suspicious and doubting. Is it true that when you love a woman you are never sure – never sure of her because you aren’t sure of yourself?”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Charley is a mind-reading dog. There have been many trips in his lifetime, and often he has to be left at home. He knows we are going long before the suitcase has come out, and he paces and worries and whines and goes into a state of mild hysteria.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “There are no good collaborations, whether in music, in art, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “One day we’ll sit and you’ll lay it out on the table, neat like a solitaire deck, but now – why, you can’t find all the cards.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “When you’re a child you’re the center of everything. Everything happens for you. Other people? They’re only ghosts furnished for you to talk to.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “This I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Texas has a tight cohesiveness perhaps stronger than any other section of America.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “There is no term comparable to green thumbs to apply to such a mechanic, but there should be. For there are men who can look, listen, tap, make an adjustment, and a machine works.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “No one could call him a liar. And this was mainly because the lie was in his head, and any truth coming from his mouth carried the color of the lie.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I have no interest in the printed word. I would continue to write if there were no writing and no print. I put my words down for a matter of memory. They are more made to be spoken than to be read.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “It was too nerve-wracking, a shocking spectacle, like seeing an old, calm friend go insane.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “I don’t mind getting smacked on the chin. I just don’t want to get nibbled to death. There’s a difference.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Adam fluttered like a bewildered bee confused by too many flowers.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “Her great-great-great-great-great grandmother had been burned as a witch.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “The nicest thing in the world you can do for anybody is let them help you.”
John Steinbeck Quote: “There’s nothing sadder to me than associations held together by nothing but the glue of postage stamps. If you can’t see or hear or touch a man, it’s best to let him go.”
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