John Steinbeck Quotes


50 John Steinbeck quotes:



"And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed"
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"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."
"One can find so many pains when the rain is falling."
"A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it."
"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."
"A book is like a man -- clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun."
"Somewhere in the world there is defeat for everyone. Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory. Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat add victory."
Author: Steinbeck Quotes Category: Defeat Quotes
"Man is the only kind of varmint sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it."
"Got a lot of sinful ideas. But they seem kinda sensible."
Author: Steinbeck Quotes Category: Ideas Quotes
"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."
"I have owed you this letter for a very long time-but my fingers have avoided the pencil as though it were an old and poisoned tool."
"In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable."
Author: Steinbeck Quotes Category: American Author Quotes Inexplicable Quotes
"So in our pride we ordered for breakfast an omelet, toast and coffee and what has just arrived is a tomato salad with onions, a dish of pickles, a big slice of watermelon and two bottles of cream soda."
"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."
"Syntax, my lad. It has been restored to the highest place in the republic."
"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?"
"When I was very young and the urge to be someplace was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch. When years described me as mature, the remedy prescribed was middle age. In middle age I was assured that greater age would calm my fever and now that I am fifty-eight perhaps senility will do the job. Nothing has worked. In other words, I don't improve, in further words, once a bum always a bum. I fear the disease is incurable."



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