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John Steinbeck Quote: “An answer is invariably the parent of a whole family of new questions.”

An answer is invariably the parent of a whole family of new questions.

— John Steinbeck



John Steinbeck Quote: “The camera need not be a cold mechanical device. Like the pen, it is as good as the man who uses it. It can be the extension of mind and heart...”

The camera need not be a cold mechanical device. Like the pen, it is as good as the man who uses it. It can be the extension of mind and heart...

— John Steinbeck


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.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “All of them had a restlessness in common.”

All of them had a restlessness in common.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Good God, what a mess of draggle-tail impulses a man is – and a woman too, I guess.”

Good God, what a mess of draggle-tail impulses a man is – and a woman too, I guess.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “And now the forces marshaled around the concept of the group have declared a war of extermination on that preciousness, the mind of man.”

And now the forces marshaled around the concept of the group have declared a war of extermination on that preciousness, the mind of man.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I wonder why it is that when I plan a route too carefully, it goes to pieces, whereas if I blunder along in blissful ignorance aimed in a fancied direction I get through with no trouble.”

I wonder why it is that when I plan a route too carefully, it goes to pieces, whereas if I blunder along in blissful ignorance aimed in a fancied direction I get through with no trouble.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “A man with a beard was always a little suspect anyway. You couldn’t say you wore a beard because you liked a beard. People didn’t like you for telling the truth. You had to say you had a scar so you couldn’t shave.”

A man with a beard was always a little suspect anyway. You couldn’t say you wore a beard because you liked a beard. People didn’t like you for telling the truth. You had to say you had a scar so you couldn’t shave.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “No single organism could be understood without observing and comprehending the entire colony.”

No single organism could be understood without observing and comprehending the entire colony.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Oh, but strawberries will never taste so good again and the thighs of women have lost their clutch!”

Oh, but strawberries will never taste so good again and the thighs of women have lost their clutch!

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “It is the nature of a man as he grows older, a small bridge intime, toprotest againstchange, particularlychangefor the better.”

It is the nature of a man as he grows older, a small bridge intime, toprotest againstchange, particularlychangefor the better.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “All men are moral. Only their neighbors are not.”

All men are moral. Only their neighbors are not.

— John Steinbeck


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.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “As with many people, Charles, who could not talk, wrote with fullness. He set down his loneliness and his perplexities, and he put on paper many things he did not know about himself.”

As with many people, Charles, who could not talk, wrote with fullness. He set down his loneliness and his perplexities, and he put on paper many things he did not know about himself.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “It is one of the triumphs of the human that he can know a thing and still not believe it.”

It is one of the triumphs of the human that he can know a thing and still not believe it.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “A man who gets few letters does not open one lightly.”

A man who gets few letters does not open one lightly.

— John Steinbeck


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.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “Again it might have been the American tendency in travel. One goes, not so much to see but to tell afterward.”

Again it might have been the American tendency in travel. One goes, not so much to see but to tell afterward.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The land is so much more than its analysis.”

The land is so much more than its analysis.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners.”

Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Show me the man who isn’t interested in discussing himself.”

Show me the man who isn’t interested in discussing himself.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The literature of science is filled with answers found when the question propounded had an entirely different direction and end.”

The literature of science is filled with answers found when the question propounded had an entirely different direction and end.

— John Steinbeck


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’.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “I think today if we forbade our illiterate children to touch the wonderful things of our literature, perhaps they might steal them and find secret joy.”

I think today if we forbade our illiterate children to touch the wonderful things of our literature, perhaps they might steal them and find secret joy.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I’m gettin’ tired way past where sleep rests me.”

I’m gettin’ tired way past where sleep rests me.

— John Steinbeck


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.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “I would like to sit still for a while but I’m restless you know and sitting still is only an ideal like celibacy and complete cleanliness.”

I would like to sit still for a while but I’m restless you know and sitting still is only an ideal like celibacy and complete cleanliness.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “But most important of all, the truth, that dangerous stuff, became beautiful and more precious.”

But most important of all, the truth, that dangerous stuff, became beautiful and more precious.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The nicest thing in the world you can do for anybody is let them help you.”

The nicest thing in the world you can do for anybody is let them help you.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The new American finds his challenge and his love in the traffic-choked streets, skies nested in smog, choking with the acids of industry, the screech of rubber and houses leashed in against one another while the town lets wither a time and die.”

The new American finds his challenge and his love in the traffic-choked streets, skies nested in smog, choking with the acids of industry, the screech of rubber and houses leashed in against one another while the town lets wither a time and die.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “It’s almost impossible to read a fine thing without wanting to do a fine thing.”

It’s almost impossible to read a fine thing without wanting to do a fine thing.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I know a little bit about a great many things and not enough about any one to make a living in these times.”

I know a little bit about a great many things and not enough about any one to make a living in these times.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I’ve always tried out my material on my dogs first. Years ago, when my red setter chewed up the manuscript of ‘Of Mice and Men,’ I said at the time that the dog must have been an excellent literary critic.”

I’ve always tried out my material on my dogs first. Years ago, when my red setter chewed up the manuscript of ‘Of Mice and Men,’ I said at the time that the dog must have been an excellent literary critic.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “This I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.”

This I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Like most passionate nations, Texas has its own history based on, but not limited by, facts.”

Like most passionate nations, Texas has its own history based on, but not limited by, facts.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “But a man needs company.”

But a man needs company.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “There are people who will say that this whole account is a lie, but a thing isn’t necessarily a lie even if it didn’t necessarily happen.”

There are people who will say that this whole account is a lie, but a thing isn’t necessarily a lie even if it didn’t necessarily happen.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The break would never come as long as fear could turn to wrath.”

The break would never come as long as fear could turn to wrath.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The power of an attitude is amazing.”

The power of an attitude is amazing.

— John Steinbeck


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.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “Maybe not having time to think is not having the wish to think.”

Maybe not having time to think is not having the wish to think.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “The proofs that God does not exist are very strong, but in lots of people they are not as strong as the feeling that He does.”

The proofs that God does not exist are very strong, but in lots of people they are not as strong as the feeling that He does.

— John Steinbeck


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.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “If we could learn to like ourselves, even a little, maybe our cruelties and angers might melt away.”

If we could learn to like ourselves, even a little, maybe our cruelties and angers might melt away.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “Critics are the eunuchs of literature. They stand by in envious awe while the whole man and his partner demonstrate the art of living.”

Critics are the eunuchs of literature. They stand by in envious awe while the whole man and his partner demonstrate the art of living.

— John Steinbeck


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.”

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


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.”

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


John Steinbeck Quote: “I have thought that men and women should never come together except in bed. There is the only place where their natural hatred of each other is not so apparent.”

I have thought that men and women should never come together except in bed. There is the only place where their natural hatred of each other is not so apparent.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “I have seen too many men go down, and I never permit myself to forget that one day, through accident or under the charge of a younger, stronger knight, I too will go down.”

I have seen too many men go down, and I never permit myself to forget that one day, through accident or under the charge of a younger, stronger knight, I too will go down.

— John Steinbeck


John Steinbeck Quote: “When a man says he does not want to speak of something he usually means he can think of nothing else.”

When a man says he does not want to speak of something he usually means he can think of nothing else.

— John Steinbeck

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