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John Steinbeck Quotes: "He's got a can up there, ' Richard said."

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




John Steinbeck Quotes: "What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness."

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "The bank - the monster has to have profits all the time. It can't wait. It'll die. No, taxes go on. When the monster stops growing, it dies. It can't stay one size."

The bank - the monster has to have profits all the time. It can't wait. It'll die. No, taxes go on. When the monster stops growing, it dies. It can't stay one size.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Henry liked fun and avoided when he could any solemn or serious matter, for he confused these with sorrow."

Henry liked fun and avoided when he could any solemn or serious matter, for he confused these with sorrow.




John Steinbeck Quotes: "Don't you love Jesus?' Well, I thought an' I thought an' finally I says, 'No, I don't know nobody name' Jesus. I know a bunch of stories, but I only love people."

Don't you love Jesus?' Well, I thought an' I thought an' finally I says, 'No, I don't know nobody name' Jesus. I know a bunch of stories, but I only love people.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "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 to the world."

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 to the world.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Can you honestly love a dishonest thing?"

Can you honestly love a dishonest thing?




John Steinbeck Quotes: "Timshel - thou mayest"

Timshel - thou mayest



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Man has a choice and it's a choice that makes him a man."

Man has a choice and it's a choice that makes him a man.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "There's more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty."

There's more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Guys like us got nothing to look ahead to."

Guys like us got nothing to look ahead to.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them."

Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them.




John Steinbeck Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "You are one of the rare people who can separate your observation from your preconception. You see what is, where most people see what they expect."

You are one of the rare people who can separate your observation from your preconception. You see what is, where most people see what they expect.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "The design of a book is the pattern of a reality controlled and shaped by the mind of a writer."

The design of a book is the pattern of a reality controlled and shaped by the mind of a writer.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another."

If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "What pillow can one have like a good conscience?"

What pillow can one have like a good conscience?



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Suddenly he knew joy and sorrow felted into one fabric. Courage and fear were one thing too."

Suddenly he knew joy and sorrow felted into one fabric. Courage and fear were one thing too.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "... you can't start with a democracy. You have to work up through stuff like tyranny and monarchy first. That way people are so relived when they get to democracy that they hang on to it."

... you can't start with a democracy. You have to work up through stuff like tyranny and monarchy first. That way people are so relived when they get to democracy that they hang on to it.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "No one doubts your courage, but you are a headstrong knight and when you choose a way you cannot change your course even if it lead to your destruction. That is your fault and your destiny."

No one doubts your courage, but you are a headstrong knight and when you choose a way you cannot change your course even if it lead to your destruction. That is your fault and your destiny.



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

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "You got a God. Don't make no difference if you don' know what he looks like."

You got a God. Don't make no difference if you don' know what he looks like.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "No - the stars are close and dear and I have joined the brotherhood of the worlds. And everything's holy - everything, even me."

No - the stars are close and dear and I have joined the brotherhood of the worlds. And everything's holy - everything, even me.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Death was a friend, and sleep was Death's brother."

Death was a friend, and sleep was Death's brother.



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

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "A man without words is a man without thought."

A man without words is a man without thought.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "In human affairs of danger and delicacy successful conclusion is sharply limited by hurry."

In human affairs of danger and delicacy successful conclusion is sharply limited by hurry.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "...without money you cannot fight money."

...without money you cannot fight money.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "And the great owners, who had become through the might of their holdings both more and less than men"

And the great owners, who had become through the might of their holdings both more and less than men



John Steinbeck Quotes: "We're sorry. It's not us. It's the monster. The bank isn't a man. The bank isn't like a man.Yes, but the bank is only made of men."

We're sorry. It's not us. It's the monster. The bank isn't a man. The bank isn't like a man.Yes, but the bank is only made of men.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "They had long ago found out that one could not be an owner unless one were cold."

They had long ago found out that one could not be an owner unless one were cold.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "I don't ever drink alone. It's not much fun. And I don't think I will until I am an alcoholic."

I don't ever drink alone. It's not much fun. And I don't think I will until I am an alcoholic.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "At such a time it seems natural and good to me to ask myself these questions. What do I believe in? What must I fight for and what must I fight against?"

At such a time it seems natural and good to me to ask myself these questions. What do I believe in? What must I fight for and what must I fight against?



John Steinbeck Quotes: "He stopped, feeling lonely in his long speech."

He stopped, feeling lonely in his long speech.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him."

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "The last clear definite function of men—muscles aching to work, minds aching to create beyond the single need—this is man."

The last clear definite function of men—muscles aching to work, minds aching to create beyond the single need—this is man.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "It was a morning like other mornings and yet perfect among mornings."

It was a morning like other mornings and yet perfect among mornings.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Well, we all got to make a livin'.""Yeah, " Tom said. "On'y I wisht they was some way to make her 'thout takin' her away from somebody else."

Well, we all got to make a livin'.""Yeah, " Tom said. "On'y I wisht they was some way to make her 'thout takin' her away from somebody else.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Muscles aching to work, minds aching to create - this is man."

Muscles aching to work, minds aching to create - this is man.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "...evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immortal. Vice has always a new fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is."

...evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immortal. Vice has always a new fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "There are times that one treasures for all one's life, and such times are burned clearly and sharply on the material of total recall. I felt very fortunate that morning."

There are times that one treasures for all one's life, and such times are burned clearly and sharply on the material of total recall. I felt very fortunate that morning.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Money's easy to make if it's money you want. But with few exceptions people don't want money. They want luxury and they want love and they want admiration."

Money's easy to make if it's money you want. But with few exceptions people don't want money. They want luxury and they want love and they want admiration.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "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."

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.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "I don't want advice.' 'Nobody does. It's a giver's present."

I don't want advice.' 'Nobody does. It's a giver's present.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "It was deeply a part of Lee's kindness and understanding that man's right to kill himself is inviolable, but sometimes a friend can make it unnecessary"

It was deeply a part of Lee's kindness and understanding that man's right to kill himself is inviolable, but sometimes a friend can make it unnecessary



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Evening of a hot day started the little wind to moving among the leaves. The shade climbed up the hills toward the top. On the sand banks the rabbits sat as quietly as little gray, sculptured stones."

Evening of a hot day started the little wind to moving among the leaves. The shade climbed up the hills toward the top. On the sand banks the rabbits sat as quietly as little gray, sculptured stones.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "My imagination will get me a passport to hell one day."

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "If a story is not about the hearer, he will not listen. And here I make a rule—a great and interesting story is about everyone or it will not last."

If a story is not about the hearer, he will not listen. And here I make a rule—a great and interesting story is about everyone or it will not last.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Learning to read is probably the most difficult and revolutionary thing that happens to the human brain and if you don't believe that, watch an illiterate adult try to do it."

Learning to read is probably the most difficult and revolutionary thing that happens to the human brain and if you don't believe that, watch an illiterate adult try to do it.