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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What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. 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

I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything. John Steinbeck


No one wants advice -- only corroboration. John Steinbeck

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

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

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

No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself. John Steinbeck

Lord, how the day passes! It is like a life, so quickly when we don't watch it, and so slowly if we do. 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

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

How can we live without our lives? How will we know its us without our past? John Steinbeck
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The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business. John Steinbeck

The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty. John Steinbeck

Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard. John Steinbeck

Time is the only critic without ambition. 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

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


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