Don't worry about losing. If it is right, it happens - The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.

β€” John Steinbeck

The most charming John Steinbeck quotes that will add value to your life

Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.


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

John Steinbeck quote And now that you don't have to be perfec

And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.


The free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.

John Steinbeck quote People don't take trips, trips take peop

People don't take trips, trips take people.


And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.


I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.


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

John Steinbeck quote I wonder how many people I've looked at

I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen.


This I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.


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 kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid any more.


If you understand each other you will be kind to each other.


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.


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


About John Steinbeck

Quotes 674 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Author
Birthday February 27, 1902

There are no ugly questions except those clothed in condescension.


It is a time of quiet joy, the sunny morning.

When the glittery dew is on the mallow weeds, each leaf holds a jewel which is beautiful if not valuable. This is no time for hurry or for bustle. Thoughts are slow and deep and golden in the morning.


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.


A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.


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.


In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.


It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.


Four hoarse blasts of a ship's whistle still raise the hair on my neck and set my feet to tapping.


I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why.


This is beyond understanding." said the king. "You are the wisest man alive. You know what is preparing. Why do you not make a plan to save yourself?" And Merlin said quietly, "Because I am wise. In the combat between wisdom and feeling, wisdom never wins.


All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal.


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


It’s a hard thing to leave any deeply routine life, even if you hate it.


We only have one story. All novels, all poetry are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil.


I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen.


A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.


This I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.


It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.


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.


No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree.

The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe


There are two kinds of people in the world, observers and non-observers.


Perhaps the less we have, the more we are required to brag.


All great and precious things are lonely.


For there are two possible reactions to social ostracism - either a man emerges determined to be better, purer, and kindlier or he goes bad, challenges the world and does even worse things. The last is by far the commonest reaction to stigma.


The bank is something more than men, I tell you.

It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it.


A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.


Oh, the strawberries don't taste as they used to and the thighs of women have lost their clutch!


Time is the only critic without ambition.


For it is my opinion that we enclose and celebrate the freaks of our nation and our civilization. Yellowstone National Park is no more representative of America than is Disneyland.


My imagination will get me a passport to hell one day.


If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.


The new American finds his challenge and his love in the traffic-choked streets, skies nested in smog, choking with the acids of industry, the screech of rubber and houses leashed in against one another while the town lets wither a time and die.


Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.


You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.


Maybe ever'body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.


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.


Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.