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His ear heard more than what was said to him, and his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought.


John Steinbeck

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It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness,...
JOHN STEINBECK
When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages, a sick sense of failure falls ...
JOHN STEINBECK
Intention, good or bad, is not enough.
JOHN STEINBECK
I was born lost and take no pleasure in being found.
JOHN STEINBECK
I guess this personal hide-and-seek is not unusual. And some people are 'it' all their lives - hopel...
JOHN STEINBECK
Ghosts could walk freely tonight, without fear of the disbelief of men; for this night was haunted, ...
JOHN STEINBECK
Being at ease with himself put him at ease with the world.
JOHN STEINBECK
I wonder how many people I have looked at all my life and never really seen.
JOHN STEINBECK
The ways of sin are curious . . . I guess if a man had to shuck off everything he had, inside and ou...
JOHN STEINBECK
The little engine roared and then stopped. Adam sat back for a moment, limp but proud, before he got...
JOHN STEINBECK
There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff people do.
JOHN STEINBECK
American cities are like badger holes, ringed with trash--all of them--surrounded by piles of wrecke...
JOHN STEINBECK
I've always been amused by the contention that brain work is harder than manual labor. I've never kn...
JOHN STEINBECK
Sure I got sins. Ever'body got sins. A sin is somepin you ain't sure about. Them people that's sure ...
JOHN STEINBECK
But I think that because they trusted themselves and respected themselves as individuals, because th...
JOHN STEINBECK
Except for the field organizers of strikes, who were pretty tough monkeys and devoted, most of the s...
JOHN STEINBECK
What pillow can one have like a good conscience?
JOHN STEINBECK
Our Father who art in nature, who has given the gift of survival to the coyote, the common brown rat...
JOHN STEINBECK
You are one of the rare people who can separate your observation from your preconception. You see wh...
JOHN STEINBECK
And is usually true of a man of one idea, [Charles] became obsessed.
JOHN STEINBECK
Don't worry about losing. If it is right, it happens - The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good ...
JOHN STEINBECK
[Cannery Row's] inhabitants are, as the man once said, 'whores, pimps, gamblers, and sons of bitches...
JOHN STEINBECK
Curley's wife lay with a half-covering of yellow hay. And the meanness and the plannings and the dis...
JOHN STEINBECK
Anything that just costs money is cheap.
JOHN STEINBECK
Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes l...
JOHN STEINBECK
I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pr...
JOHN STEINBECK
I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convin...
JOHN STEINBECK
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
JOHN STEINBECK
A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.
JOHN STEINBECK
Lennie rolled off the bunk and stood up, and the two of them started for the door. Just as they reac...
JOHN STEINBECK
A water snake glided smoothly up the pool, twisting its periscope head from side to side; and it swa...
JOHN STEINBECK
At about 10 o'clock in the morning the sun threw a bright dust-laden bar through one of the side win...
JOHN STEINBECK
I can still tend the rabbits, George? I didn't mean no harm, George.
JOHN STEINBECK
Guy don't need no sense to be a nice fella. Seems to me sometimes it jus' works the other way around...
JOHN STEINBECK
A guy needs somebody―to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no differe...
JOHN STEINBECK
The church and the whorehouse arrived in the Far West simultaneously. And each would have been horri...
JOHN STEINBECK
Even while I protest the assembly-line production of our food, our songs, our language, and eventual...
JOHN STEINBECK
It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the com...
JOHN STEINBECK
We are lonesome animals. We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient met...
JOHN STEINBECK
An unbelieved truth can hurt a man much more than a lie. It takes great courage to back truth unacce...
JOHN STEINBECK
And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.
JOHN STEINBECK
It doesn't matter that Cathy was what I have called a monster. Perhaps we can't understand Cathy, bu...
JOHN STEINBECK
The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must ...
JOHN STEINBECK
Time is the only critic without ambition.
JOHN STEINBECK
It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should reme...
JOHN STEINBECK
In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the ...
JOHN STEINBECK
No one wants advice -- only corroboration. - The Winter of Our Discontent.
JOHN STEINBECK
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
JOHN STEINBECK
No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like hi...
JOHN STEINBECK
What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
JOHN STEINBECK