john steinbeck Quotes

A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.
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— John Steinbeck
Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.
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— John Steinbeck
No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.
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— John Steinbeck
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.
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— John Steinbeck
My imagination will get me a passport to hell one day.
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— John Steinbeck
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.
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— John Steinbeck
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.
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— John Steinbeck
Only mediocrity escapes criticism.
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— John Steinbeck
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.
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— John Steinbeck
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.
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— John Steinbeck
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.
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— John Steinbeck
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.
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— John Steinbeck
The free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.
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— John Steinbeck
I shall revenge myself in the cruelest way you can imagine. I shall forget it.
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— John Steinbeck
Don't worry about losing. If it is right, it happens - The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.
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— John Steinbeck
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.
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— John Steinbeck
Some men hunger so much for love that they lose everything that is loveable about them.
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— John Steinbeck
This I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.
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— John Steinbeck
Socialism is just another form of religion, and thus delusional.
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— John Steinbeck
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.
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— John Steinbeck
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.
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— 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.
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— John Steinbeck
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.
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— John Steinbeck
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.
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— John Steinbeck
It's a hard thing to leave any deeply routine life, even if you hate it.
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— John Steinbeck
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.
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— John Steinbeck
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.
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— 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.
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— 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.
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— John Steinbeck
I am happy to report that in the war between reality and romance, reality is not the stronger.
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— John Steinbeck
I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession.
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— John Steinbeck
A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.
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— John Steinbeck
Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.
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— 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.
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— John Steinbeck
john steinbeck
Birth    : February 27, 1902
Death  : December 20, 1968
Occupation  : Author