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quote by John Steinbeck: I like to pet nice things with my fingers. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

I like to pet nice things with my fingers.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: The impulse of the American woman to geld her husband and castrate her sons is very strong. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

The impulse of the American woman to geld her husband and castrate her sons is very strong.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: It is better to sit in appreciative contemplation of a world in which beauty is eternally supported on a foundation of ugliness: cut out the support, and beauty will sink from sight. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

It is better to sit in appreciative contemplation of a world in which beauty is eternally supported on a foundation of ugliness: cut out the support, and beauty will sink from sight.

--John Steinbeck

quote by John Steinbeck: He's eating God the way a bear eats meat against the winter. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

He's eating God the way a bear eats meat against the winter.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: The calm and the sorrow were so great that they bore down on his chest, and the loneliness was complete, a circle impenetrable. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

The calm and the sorrow were so great that they bore down on his chest, and the loneliness was complete, a circle impenetrable.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: They called him a comical genius and carried his stories carefully home, and they wondered at how the stories spilled out on the way, for they never sounded the same repeated in their own kitchens. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

They called him a comical genius and carried his stories carefully home, and they wondered at how the stories spilled out on the way, for they never sounded the same repeated in their own kitchens.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: The literature of science is filled with answers found when the question propounded had an entirely different direction and end. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

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

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: So much there is to see, but our morning eyes describe a different world than do our afternoon eyes, and surely our wearied evening eyes can report only a weary evening world. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

So much there is to see, but our morning eyes describe a different world than do our afternoon eyes, and surely our wearied evening eyes can report only a weary evening world.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: During the years he was never sick, except of course for the chronic indigestion which was universal, and still is, with men who live alone, cook for themselves, and eat in solitude. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

During the years he was never sick, except of course for the chronic indigestion which was universal, and still is, with men who live alone, cook for themselves, and eat in solitude.

--John Steinbeck

quote by John Steinbeck: We do know that we are cheated from birth to the overcharge on our coffins. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

We do know that we are cheated from birth to the overcharge on our coffins.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: And then we take a soldier and put murder in his hands and we say to him, Use it well, use it wisely. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

And then we take a soldier and put murder in his hands and we say to him, Use it well, use it wisely.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: And now the forces marshaled around the concept of the group have declared a war of extermination on that preciousness, the mind of man. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with 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.

--John Steinbeck

quote by John Steinbeck: In nature two things do not occur-the wheel and good taste. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

In nature two things do not occur-the wheel and good taste.

--John Steinbeck

quote by John Steinbeck: The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: How can you frighten a man whose hunger is not only in his own cramped stomach but in the wretched bellies of his children? You can't scare him -- he has known a fear beyond every other. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

How can you frighten a man whose hunger is not only in his own cramped stomach but in the wretched bellies of his children? You can't scare him -- he has known a fear beyond every other.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: The craft or art of writing is the clumsy attempt to find symbols for the wordlessness. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

The craft or art of writing is the clumsy attempt to find symbols for the wordlessness.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: Give me a used Bible and I will, I think, be able to tell you about a man by the places that are edged with the dirt of seeking fingers. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

Give me a used Bible and I will, I think, be able to tell you about a man by the places that are edged with the dirt of seeking fingers.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: It is the nature of a person as he she grows older to protest against change, particularly changes for the better. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

It is the nature of a person as he she grows older to protest against change, particularly changes for the better.

--John Steinbeck

quote by John Steinbeck: A man without words is a man without thought. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

A man without words is a man without thought.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: No single organism could be understood without observing and comprehending the entire colony. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

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

--John Steinbeck

quote by John Steinbeck: Please try not to need me. That's the worst bait of all to a lonely man. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

Please try not to need me. That's the worst bait of all to a lonely man.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: You never oughta drink water when it ain't runnin'. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

You never oughta drink water when it ain't runnin'.

--John Steinbeck

quote by John Steinbeck: And I here make a rule-a great and lasting story is about everyone or it will not last. The strange and foreign is not interesting-only the deeply personal and familiar. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

And I here make a rule-a great and lasting story is about everyone or it will not last. The strange and foreign is not interesting-only the deeply personal and familiar.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: In uncertainty I am certain that underneath their topmost layer of frailty men want to be good and want be loved. Indeed most of their vices are attempted short cuts to love. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

In uncertainty I am certain that underneath their topmost layer of frailty men want to be good and want be loved. Indeed most of their vices are attempted short cuts to love.

--John Steinbeck

Longer Version:

In uncertainty I am certain that underneath their topmost layers of frailty men want to be good and want to be loved. Indeed most of their vices are attempted short cuts to love. When a man comes to die, no matter what his talents and influence and genius, if he dies unloved his life must be a failure to him and his dying a cold horror.


quote by John Steinbeck: A man can do a lot of damage in the church. When someone comes here, he's got his guard up. But in church a man's wide open. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

A man can do a lot of damage in the church. When someone comes here, he's got his guard up. But in church a man's wide open.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: Liza with her acceptance could take care of tragedy; she had no real hope this side of Heaven. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

Liza with her acceptance could take care of tragedy; she had no real hope this side of Heaven.

--John Steinbeck

quote by John Steinbeck: A writer of stories is a liar. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

A writer of stories is a liar.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: It is easy, out of laziness, out of weakness, to throw oneself into the lap of deity, saying, 'I couldn't help it; the way was set.' But think of the glory of the choice! with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

It is easy, out of laziness, out of weakness, to throw oneself into the lap of deity, saying, 'I couldn't help it; the way was set.' But think of the glory of the choice!

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: I eat stories like grapes. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

I eat stories like grapes.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: 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. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with 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.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: Some people think it's an insult to the glory of their sickness to get well. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

Some people think it's an insult to the glory of their sickness to get well.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: I take a pleasure in inquiring into things. I've never been content to pass a stone without looking under it. And it is a black disappointment to me that I can never see the far side of the moon. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

I take a pleasure in inquiring into things. I've never been content to pass a stone without looking under it. And it is a black disappointment to me that I can never see the far side of the moon.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: They're a dark people with a gift for suffering way past their deserving. It's said that without whiskey to soak and soften the world, they'd kill themselves. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

They're a dark people with a gift for suffering way past their deserving. It's said that without whiskey to soak and soften the world, they'd kill themselves.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: There are no ugly questions except those clothed in condescension. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

There are no ugly questions except those clothed in condescension.

--John Steinbeck
quote by 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. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

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
quote by John Steinbeck: People like you to be something, preferably what they are. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

People like you to be something, preferably what they are.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: There's more beauty in the truth even if it is dreadful beauty. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

There's more beauty in the truth even if it is dreadful beauty.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: To a monster the norm must seem monstrous, since everyone is normal to himself. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

To a monster the norm must seem monstrous, since everyone is normal to himself.

--John Steinbeck

quote by John Steinbeck: I think of my life as a kind of music, not always good music but still having form and melody. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

I think of my life as a kind of music, not always good music but still having form and melody.

--John Steinbeck


Longer Version:

The writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man's proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit--for gallantry in defeat, for courage, compassion and love. In the endless war against weakness and despair, these are the bright rally flags of hope and of emulation. I hold that a writer who does not believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.

--Steinbeck Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech.




quote by John Steinbeck: It's almost impossible to read a fine thing without wanting to do a fine thing. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

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

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: If a man ordered a beer milkshake he'd better do it in a town where he wasn't known. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

If a man ordered a beer milkshake he'd better do it in a town where he wasn't known.

--John Steinbeck

quote by John Steinbeck: Good God, what a mess of draggle-tail impulses a man is -- and a woman too, I guess. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

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

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: Perhaps the less we have, the more we are required to brag. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

Perhaps the less we have, the more we are required to brag.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: You can't go home again because home has ceased to exist except in the mothballs of memory. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

You can't go home again because home has ceased to exist except in the mothballs of memory.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: 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. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with 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.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: I guess this personal hide-and-seek is not unusual. And some people are 'it' all their lives -- hopelessly 'it. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

I guess this personal hide-and-seek is not unusual. And some people are 'it' all their lives -- hopelessly 'it.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: I dislike helplessness in other people and in myself, and this is by far my greatest fear of illness. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

I dislike helplessness in other people and in myself, and this is by far my greatest fear of illness.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: The curious hocus-pocus of criticism I can't take seriously. It consists in squirreling up some odd phrases and then waiting for a book to come running by. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

The curious hocus-pocus of criticism I can't take seriously. It consists in squirreling up some odd phrases and then waiting for a book to come running by.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: Evening of a hot day started the little wind to moving among the leaves. The shade climbed up the hills toward the top. On the sand banks the rabbits sat as quietly as little gray, sculptured stones. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

Evening of a hot day started the little wind to moving among the leaves. The shade climbed up the hills toward the top. On the sand banks the rabbits sat as quietly as little gray, sculptured stones.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: The warfare between the unaroused male and female is constant and ferocious. Each blames the other for his loss of soul. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

The warfare between the unaroused male and female is constant and ferocious. Each blames the other for his loss of soul.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: My wants are simple. I have no desire to latch onto a monster symbol of fate and power and prove my manhood in titanic piscine war. But sometimes I do like a couple of cooperative fish of frying size. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

My wants are simple. I have no desire to latch onto a monster symbol of fate and power and prove my manhood in titanic piscine war. But sometimes I do like a couple of cooperative fish of frying size.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: Oh, I guess I'm physically able to father a child. That's not what I'm thinking. I'm too closely married to a quiet reading lamp. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

Oh, I guess I'm physically able to father a child. That's not what I'm thinking. I'm too closely married to a quiet reading lamp.

--John Steinbeck

quote by John Steinbeck: Lennie said quietly, It ain't no lie. We're gonna do it. Gonna get a little place an' live on the fatta the lan'. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

Lennie said quietly, It ain't no lie. We're gonna do it. Gonna get a little place an' live on the fatta the lan'.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: Then it is better, sir, to love whom one cannot have? Probably better, Lancelot said. Certainly safer. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

Then it is better, sir, to love whom one cannot have? Probably better, Lancelot said. Certainly safer.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: A guy needs somebody―to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

A guy needs somebody―to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: Possibly the deep feeling is that if people learn to eat one another the food supply would be so generous and so available that no one would be either safe or hungry. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

Possibly the deep feeling is that if people learn to eat one another the food supply would be so generous and so available that no one would be either safe or hungry.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: Just set one day's work in front of the last day's work. That's the way it comes out. And that's the only way it does. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

Just set one day's work in front of the last day's work. That's the way it comes out. And that's the only way it does.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: Sometimes a kind of glory lights up the mind of a man. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

Sometimes a kind of glory lights up the mind of a man.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: 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? with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with 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 by John Steinbeck: 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. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with 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 by John Steinbeck: Humanity has been passing through a gray and desolate time of confusion. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

Humanity has been passing through a gray and desolate time of confusion.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: But you can't start over Only a boy can start over You and me Why, we're all that's been. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

But you can't start over Only a boy can start over You and me Why, we're all that's been.

--John Steinbeck

Longer Version:

But you can't start. Only a baby can start. You and me -- why, we're all that's been. The anger of a moment, the thousand pictures, that's us. This land, this red land, is us; and the flood years and the dust years and the drought years are us. We can't start again.


quote by John Steinbeck: Man himself has become our greatest hazard and our only hope. So that today, St. John the apostle may well be paraphrased: In the end is the Word, and the Word is Man -- and the Word is with Men. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

Man himself has become our greatest hazard and our only hope. So that today, St. John the apostle may well be paraphrased: In the end is the Word, and the Word is Man -- and the Word is with Men.

--John Steinbeck


quote by John Steinbeck: Riches seem to come to the poor in spirit, the poor in interest and joy. To put it straight -- the very rich are a poor bunch of bastards. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

Riches seem to come to the poor in spirit, the poor in interest and joy. To put it straight -- the very rich are a poor bunch of bastards.

--John Steinbeck

quote by John Steinbeck: She had a dour Presbyterian mind and a code of morals that pinned down and beat the brains out of nearly everything that was pleasant to do. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

She had a dour Presbyterian mind and a code of morals that pinned down and beat the brains out of nearly everything that was pleasant to do.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: You ain't worth a greased lack pin to ram you into hell. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

You ain't worth a greased lack pin to ram you into hell.

--John Steinbeck

quote by John Steinbeck: It's a hard thing to leave any deeply routine life, even if you hate it. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

It's a hard thing to leave any deeply routine life, even if you hate it.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: They successfully combined piracy and puritanism, which aren't so unlike when you come right down to it. Both had a strong dislike for opposition and both had a roving eye for other people's property. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

They successfully combined piracy and puritanism, which aren't so unlike when you come right down to it. Both had a strong dislike for opposition and both had a roving eye for other people's property.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: Three hours of writing require twenty hours of preparation. Luckily I have learned to dream about the work, which saves me some working time. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

Three hours of writing require twenty hours of preparation. Luckily I have learned to dream about the work, which saves me some working time.

--John Steinbeck
quote by John Steinbeck: Yes, you should talk, he said. Sometimes a sad man can talk the sadness right out through his mouth. Sometimes a killin' man can talk the murder right out of his mouth. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

Yes, you should talk, he said. Sometimes a sad man can talk the sadness right out through his mouth. Sometimes a killin' man can talk the murder right out of his mouth.

--John Steinbeck



quote by John Steinbeck: Guy don't need no sense to be a nice fella. Seems to me sometimes it jus' works the other way around. Take a real smart guy and he ain't hardly ever a nice fella. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

Guy don't need no sense to be a nice fella. Seems to me sometimes it jus' works the other way around. Take a real smart guy and he ain't hardly ever a nice fella.

--John Steinbeck

quote by John Steinbeck: The misery stayed, not thought about but aching away, and sometimes I would have to ask myself, Why do I ache? Men can get used to anything, but it takes time. with background image: photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

The misery stayed, not thought about but aching away, and sometimes I would have to ask myself, Why do I ache? Men can get used to anything, but it takes time.

--John Steinbeck

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