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


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


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.


No one wants advice -- only corroboration.




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


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


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


Anything that just costs money is cheap.


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


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.


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.


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

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


In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable.


How can we live without our lives? How will we know its us without our past?


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


Time is the only critic without ambition.


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

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


I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession.


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.


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.


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.


Texas is not a state -- it's a state of mind.


But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.


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.


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.


An unbelieved truth can hurt a man much more than a lie. It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times. There's a punishment for it, and it's usually crucifixion.


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.


I've lived in good climate, and it bores the hell out of me. I like weather rather than climate.




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


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People don't take trips, trips take people.


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


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

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

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

  • authors

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.

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

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

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

  • authors

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.

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In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable.

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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.

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I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.

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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.

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


There used to be a thing or a commodity we put great store by. It was called the People. Find out where the People have gone. I don't mean the square-eyed toothpaste-and-hair-dye people or the new-car-or-bust people, or the success-and-coronary people. Maybe they never existed, but if there ever were the People, that's the commodity the Declaration was talking about, and Mr. Lincoln.


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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.

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I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.

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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.


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We are lonesome animals. We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say-and to feel-


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

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Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners.


When a child first catches adults out -- when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not always have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just -- his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone. And there is one sure thing about the fall of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter or sink deeply into green muck. It is a tedious job to build them up again; they never quite shine. And the child's world is never quite whole again. It is an aching kind of growing.




And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in all the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.


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.


There used to be a thing or a commodity we put great store by. It was called the People. Find out where the People have gone. I don't mean the square-eyed toothpaste-and-hair-dye people or the new-car-or-bust people, or the success-and-coronary people. Maybe they never existed, but if there ever were the People, that's the commodity the Declaration was talking about, and Mr. Lincoln.

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I have never smuggled anything in my life. Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier?


This monster of a land, this mightiest of nations, this spawn of the future, turns out to be the macrocosm of microcosm me.


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


When the time for recognition of service to the nation in wartime comes to be considered, Bob Hope should be high on the list. This man drives himself and is driven. It is impossible to see how he can do so much, can cover so much ground, can work so hard, and can be so effective. He works month after month at a pace that would kill most people.


The techniques of opening conversation are universal. I knew long ago and rediscovered that the best way to attract attention, help, and conversation is to be lost. A man who seeing his mother starving to death on a path kicks her in the stomach to clear the way, will cheerfully devote several hours of his time giving wrong directions to a total stranger who claims to be lost.


The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.


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.


Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.


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.

  • teacher

And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.


I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.

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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.

  • authors

You know how advice is. You only want it if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyway.

  • advice

It has always seemed strange to me... the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.


A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.


Syntax, my lad. It has been restored to the highest place in the republic.


We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it.


Once I traveled about in an old bakery wagon, double-doored rattler with a mattress on the floor, I stopped where people stopped or gathered, I listened and looked and felt, and in the process had a picture of my country the accuracy of which was impaired only by my own shortcomings.


One can find so many pains when the rain is falling.


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.


Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.


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.

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Man is the only kind of varmint sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it.


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.


Man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.


It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against a fish and loses had it coming.


Where does discontent start? You are warm enough, but you shiver. You are fed, yet hunger gnaws you. You have been loved, but your yearning wanders in new fields. And to prod all these there's time, the Bastard Time.


He's got a can up there,' Richard said.


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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It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success.


It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world.


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


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.


Even while I protest the assembly-line production of our food, our songs, our language, and eventually our souls, I know that it was a rare home that baked good bread in the old days. Mother's cooking was with rare exceptions poor, that good unpasteurized milk touched only by flies and bits of manure crawled with bacteria, the healthy old-time life was riddled with aches, sudden death from unknown causes, and that sweet local speech I mourn was the child of illiteracy and ignorance. It is the nature of a man as he grows older, a small bridge in time, to protest against change, particularly change for the better.


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Who is John Steinbeck? Some facts about John Steinbeck from biography. John Steinbeck III was an American writer. He wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men, published in 1937. In all, he wrote twenty-five books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and several collections of short stories... Read more about John Steinbeck on Wikipedia or watch videos with quotes from John Steinbeck on YouTube.

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