John Steinbeck Quotes


50 John Steinbeck quotes:



"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."
"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."
"In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable."
Author: Steinbeck Quotes Category: American Author Quotes Inexplicable Quotes
"Four hoarse blasts of a ship's whistle still raise the hair on my neck and set my feet to tapping."
"These words dropped into my childish mind as if you should accidentally drop a ring into a deep well. I did not think of them much at the time, but there came a day in my life when the ring was fished up out of the well, good as new."
"In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage."
"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."
"Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play."
"Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power."
"It 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."
"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."
"Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments."
"The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business."
"It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against a fish and loses had it coming."
"Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen."
"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."
"A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it."
"This monster of a land, this mightiest of nations, this spawn of the future, turns out to be the macrocosm of microcosm me."
"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."
"I have named the destroyers of nations: comfort, plenty, and security - out of which grow a bored and slothful cynicism, in which rebellion against the world as it is, and myself as I am, are submerged in listless self-satisfaction"
Author: Steinbeck Quotes Category: Comfort Quotes



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