John steinbeck Quotes

โ€œAnd all of them were cau...

โ€œAnd all of them were caught in something larger than themselves.โ€- John Steinbeck
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"I wonder how many people...

"I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen" John Steinbeck
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โ€œSometimes a man wants to be stupid if ...

โ€œSometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.โ€ -- John Steinbeck (East of Eden; 1952)
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โ€œIt was deeply a part of Leeโ€™s kindness and understanding t...

โ€œIt was deeply a part of Leeโ€™s kindness and understanding that a mans right to kill himself is inviolable, but sometimes a friend can make it unnecessaryโ€ - John Steinbeck, Cannery Row
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"We are lonesome animals. We ...

"We are lonesome animals. We spend all our lives trying to be less lonesome.โ€ โ€” John Steinbeck
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You can boast about anything if its all ...

You can boast about anything if its all you have. Maybe the less you have, the more you are required to boast. John Steinbeck.
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Donโ€™t worry about losing. If it is right...

Donโ€™t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens - the main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away. - John Steinbeck
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"...You who handle poverty badly will handle riches equ...

"...You who handle poverty badly will handle riches equally badly... money does not change the sickness, only the symptoms." - John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
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โ€œBeing at ease with him...

โ€œBeing at ease with himself put him at ease with the world.โ€ - John Steinbeck
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โ€œIt is true that we are weak and sick and ugly and quarrelso...

โ€œIt is true that we are weak and sick and ugly and quarrelsome, but if that is all we ever were, we would, millenniums ago, have disappeared from the face of the Earth.โ€ -- John Steinbeck
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"A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened o...

"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 anymore." - John Steinbeck, East of Eden
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"Socialism never took root in America because the poo...

"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." - John Steinbeck
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"It's so much darker when a light...

"It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone." - John Steinbeck
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โ€œYou must not forget that a monster is o...

โ€œYou must not forget that a monster is only a variation, and to a monster the norm is monstrous.โ€ ~ John Steinbeck, East of Eden
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โ€œNames are a great mystery. I've never known whether the name is molded by the ch...

โ€œNames are a great mystery. I've never known whether the name is molded by the child or the child changed to fit the name. But you can be sure of this - whenever a human has a nickname it is a proof that the name given him was wrong.โ€ - John Steinbeck
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"It sometimes happens that what you feel is not ret...

"It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another โ€” but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good." -John Steinbeck
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A man so painfully in love is c...

A man so painfully in love is capable of self torture beyond belief. - John Steinbeck, East of Eden
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โ€œIt isnโ€™t that the evil thing...

โ€œIt isnโ€™t that the evil thing wins โ€” it never will โ€” but that it doesnโ€™t die.โ€ -John Steinbeck
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"Was she very beautiful, Samuel?" "To you she was b...

"Was she very beautiful, Samuel?" "To you she was because you built her. I don't think you ever saw her - only your own creation." - John Steinbeck, East of Eden
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"And now that you don't have...

"And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good." -John Steinbeck, East of Eden
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"I wonder how many people ...

"I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen." -John Steinbeck
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"No man really knows about other human beings. Th...

"No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself." John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
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No one wants advi...

No one wants advice - only corroboration. ~ John Steinbeck
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"If you're in trouble, or hurt or need - g...

"If you're in trouble, or hurt or need - go to the poor people. They're the only ones that'll help - the only ones." ~ John Steinbeck
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"Act out being alive, like a pla...

"Act out being alive, like a play. And after a while, a long while, it will be true." - John Steinbeck
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"When our food, clothing & housing are born in the complicat...

"When our food, clothing & housing are born in the complication of mass production, mass method is bound to get into our thinking and eliminate all other forms of thought" - John Steinbeck, 1952
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Ideas are like rabbits. You get a coup...

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. -John Steinbeck
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"No one wants advi...

"No one wants advice - only corroboration." - John Steinbeck
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"What good is the warmth of sum...

"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness." John Steinbeck
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โ€œIt's so much darker when a light...

โ€œIt's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.โ€ โ€• John Steinbeck
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โ€œI wonder how many people ...

โ€œI wonder how many people Iโ€™ve looked at all my life and never seen.โ€ โ€“ John Steinbeck
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Do you take pride in your hurt? Does it make you seem large and t...

Do you take pride in your hurt? Does it make you seem large and tragic? ...Well, think about it. Maybe you're playing a part on a great stage with only yourself as audience. -John Steinbeck, East of Eden
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And now that you donโ€™t ...

And now that you donโ€™t have to be perfect, you can be good. โ€“ John Steinbeck
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โ€œIt's so much darker when a light...

โ€œIt's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.โ€ โ€• John Steinbeck
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โ€œAnd now that you don't have...

โ€œAnd now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.โ€ โ€• John Steinbeck, East of Eden
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"It is a common experience that a problem diffic...

"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
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"There's more beauty in t...

"There's more beauty in the truth even if it is dreadful beauty." - John Steinbeck
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"I wonder how many people ...

"I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen." -John Steinbeck
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There ain't no sin and there ain't ...

There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff people do. - John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
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"All novels, poetry, are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil. And it o...

"All novels, poetry, are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil. And it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immortal. Vice has always a new fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is." - John Steinbeck
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โ€œIt's so much darker when a light...

โ€œIt's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.โ€ โ€• John Steinbeck
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"What pillow can on...

"What pillow can one have like a good conscience?" John Steinbeck
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"Women and children knew deep in themselves tha...

"Women and children knew deep in themselves that no misfortune was too great to bear if their men were whole." - John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
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"Some people think it's an insult to the glory of their sickness...

"Some people think it's an insult to the glory of their sickness to get well. But the time poultice is no respecter of glories. Everyone gets well if he waits around." - John Steinbeck, East of Eden
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โ€œMen really need sea-monsters in their personal oc...

โ€œMen really need sea-monsters in their personal oceans.... An ocean without its unnamed monsters would be like a completely dreamless sleep.โ€ - John Steinbeck
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"It would be absurd if we did not under...

"It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them." - John Steinbeck, East of Eden
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Ideas are like rabbits. You get a coup...

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. - John Steinbeck
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"It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of t...

"It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world." - John Steinbeck, East of Eden
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โ€œPeople who are most afraid of their dreams...

โ€œPeople who are most afraid of their dreams convince themselves they donโ€™t dream at all.โ€ โ€” John Steinbeck, The Winter of our Discontent
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โ€œAll war is a symptom of...

โ€œAll war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal.โ€ โ€• John Steinbeck
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"And this I believe: that the free, explor...

"And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world." - John Steinbeck
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It would be absurd if we did not under...

It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them - John Steinbeck, East of Eden
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"Man is the only kind of varmin...

"Man is the only kind of varmint who sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it." โ€”John Steinbeck,
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"We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancien...

"We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say - and to feel - โ€Yes, thatโ€™s the way it is, or at least thatโ€™s the way I feel it. Youโ€™re not as alone as you thought." - John Steinbeck
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"It is a sad suicidal course...

"It is a sad suicidal course our species seems to have taken." John Steinbeck, East of Eden
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"It is a common experience that a problem diffic...

"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
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No man really knows about other "human ...

No man really knows about other "human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself." -John Steinbeck
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"And now that you donโ€™t ...

"And now that you donโ€™t have to be perfect, you can be good.โ€ -โ€”John Steinbeck
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โ€œAnd now that you don't...

โ€œAnd now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.โ€ -John Steinbeck
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"You're bound to get id...

"You're bound to get idears if you go thinkin about stuff." -John Steinbeck
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โ€œThere ainโ€™t no sin and there ainโ€™t ...

โ€œThere ainโ€™t no sin and there ainโ€™t no virtue. Thereโ€™s just stuff people do.โ€ - John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
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"...And donโ€™t worry about losing. If it is ...

"...And donโ€™t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens - The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away." - John Steinbeck
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It's so much darker when a light goes out t...

It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone - John Steinbeck (The Winter of our discontent)
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"It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses...

"It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world." -John Steinbeck
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"If it is right, it happens-The...

"If it is right, it happens-The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away."-John Steinbeck
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"I wonder how many people ...

"I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen."- John Steinbeck
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"You've seen the sun flatten and take strange shapes just before it sinks in the ocean....

"You've seen the sun flatten and take strange shapes just before it sinks in the ocean. Do you have to tell yourself every time that it's an illusion caused by atmospheric dust and light distorted by the sea, or do you simply enjoy the beauty of it?" - John Steinbeck
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"I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishi...

"I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts." - John Steinbeck
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"The great owners ran to their destruction, and used every means that in the long run would d...

"The great owners ran to their destruction, and used every means that in the long run would destroy them. Every violence, every raid on a Hooverville, every deputy swaggering through a ragged camp just put off the day a little and cemented the inevitability of the day." -John Steinbeck
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โ€œAnd now that you don't ...

โ€œAnd now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good." ~ John Steinbeck
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It's so much darker when a light ...

It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.โ€ John Steinbeck
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"I wonder how many people ...

"I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen." - John Steinbeck
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"Try to understand men, if you understand each other yo...

"Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love." โ€”John Steinbeck
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I believe that there is one story in the world, and only oneโ€ฆ Humans are caught - in their liv...

I believe that there is one story in the world, and only oneโ€ฆ 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 evilโ€ฆ there is no other story. - John Steinbeck
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