Quotes by American Author John Steinbeck


It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone. John Steinbeck
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No one wants advice -- only corroboration. John Steinbeck

Writers are a little below the clowns and a little above the trained seals. John Steinbeck

Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love. John Steinbeck

Anything that just costs money is cheap. John Steinbeck

The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business. John Steinbeck

Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play. John Steinbeck

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. John Steinbeck

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it. John Steinbeck

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. John Steinbeck

Time is the only critic without ambition. John Steinbeck

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. John Steinbeck

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. John Steinbeck

In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable. John Steinbeck

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. John Steinbeck

As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment. John Steinbeck

The President must be greater than anyone else, but not better than anyone else. We subject him and his family to close and constant scrutiny and denounce them for things that we ourselves do every day. A Presidential slip of the tongue, a slight error in judgmentsocial, political, or ethicalcan raise a storm of protest. We give the President more work than a man can do, more responsibility than a man should take, more pressure than a man can bear. We abuse him often and rarely praise him. We wear him out, use him up, eat him up. And with all this, Americans have a love for the President that goes beyond loyalty or party nationality; he is ours, and we exercise the right to destroy him. John Steinbeck
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How can we live without our lives? How will we know its us without our past? John Steinbeck
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This monster of a land, this mightiest of nations, this spawn of the future, turns out to be the macrocosm of microcosm me. John Steinbeck

To finish is a sadness to a writer - a little death. He puts the last word down and it is done. But it isn't really done. The story goes on and leaves the writer behind, for no story is ever done. John Steinbeck


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