John Steinbeck Quotes


50 John Steinbeck quotes:



"It is the nature of a man as he grows older- to protest against change, particularly changes for the better"
"No one wants advice - only corroboration."
"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."
"Time is the only critic without ambition."
"The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty."
"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."
"I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature."
"Syntax, my lad. It has been restored to the highest place in the republic."
"Man is the only kind of varmint sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it."
"The impulse of the American woman to geld her husband and castrate her sons is very strong."
"Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased."
"I have never smuggled anything in my life. Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier?"
"One can find so many pains when the rain is falling."
"We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it."
"I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything."
"A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us."
"The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true."
"Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals."
"I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession."
"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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