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    A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: sad  soul 
     
    Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: world  beautiful 
     
    No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: men  human 
     
    I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: men  women  heart  believe  loving  strong 
     
    My imagination will get me a passport to hell one day.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: hell  imagination 
     
    To be alive at all is to have scars.
    — John Steinbeck
    Perhaps the best conversationalist in the world is the man who helps others to talk.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: men  world  help 
     
    And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.
    — John Steinbeck
    Only mediocrity escapes criticism.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: criticism 
     
    And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: people  memory  lost  year 
     
    A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid any more.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: people  world  afraid 
     
    And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.
    — John Steinbeck
    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
    It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: nature  men  greatness 
     
    It has always seemed strange to me... the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.
    — John Steinbeck
    The free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: world  human  mind 
     
    I shall revenge myself in the cruelest way you can imagine. I shall forget it.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: revenge  imagine 
     
    Don't worry about losing. If it is right, it happens - The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: right  worries 
     
    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
    tags: time  joy  thoughts  beautiful 
     
    Some men hunger so much for love that they lose everything that is loveable about them.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: men  hunger 
     
    This I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: fight  government  ideas 
     
    Socialism is just another form of religion, and thus delusional.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: socialism 
     
    As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: moment 
     
    I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why.
    — John Steinbeck
    A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
    — John Steinbeck
    In Spanish there is a word for which I can't find a counterword in English. It is the verb VACILAR... It does not mean vacillating at all. If one is vacilando, he is going somewhere, but does not greatly care whether or not he gets there, although he has direction.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: care 
     
    It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.
    — John Steinbeck
    Money is not nice. Money got no friends but more money.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: friends  money 
     
    To finish is a sadness to a writer - a little death. He puts the last word down and it is done. But it isn't really done. The story goes on and leaves the writer behind, for no story is ever done.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: death  sadness  stories 
     
    It's a hard thing to leave any deeply routine life, even if you hate it.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: hate 
     
    Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: men 
     
    Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.
    — John Steinbeck
    It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.
    — John Steinbeck
    Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.
    — John Steinbeck
    Maybe ever'body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: world 
     
    I am happy to report that in the war between reality and romance, reality is not the stronger.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: reality  war  romance 
     
    I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: profession  pride 
     
    A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.
    — John Steinbeck
    tags: sad  soul 
     
    Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.
    — John Steinbeck
    I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.
    — John Steinbeck
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    john steinbeck
    Birth    : February 27, 1902
    Death  : December 20, 1968
    Occupation  : Author