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

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




John Steinbeck Quotes: "The free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world."

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




John Steinbeck Quotes: "And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good."

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



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: "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."

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.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "When two people meet, each one is changed by the other so you've got two new people."

When two people meet, each one is changed by the other so you've got two new people.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals."

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




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

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "If you understand each other you will be kind to each other."

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



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: "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."

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.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "There are no ugly questions except those clothed in condescension."

There are no ugly questions except those clothed in condescension.




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: "The Mojave is a big desert and a frightening one. It’s as though nature tested a man for endurance and constancy to prove whether he was good enough to get to California."

The Mojave is a big desert and a frightening one. It’s as though nature tested a man for endurance and constancy to prove whether he was good enough to get to California.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Only mediocrity escapes criticism."

Only mediocrity escapes criticism.



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: "I shall revenge myself in the cruelest way you can imagine. I shall forget it."

I shall revenge myself in the cruelest way you can imagine. I shall forget it.



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

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "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 seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage."

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal."

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



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

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why."

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "It’s a hard thing to leave any deeply routine life, even if you hate it."

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



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

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



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

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen."

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



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

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike."

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it."

The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it.



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

A man without words is a man without thought.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "A stilted heron labored up into the air and pounded down the river."

A stilted heron labored up into the air and pounded down the river.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe"

No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe



John Steinbeck Quotes: "To be alive at all is to have scars."

To be alive at all is to have scars.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "There are as many worlds as there are kinds of days, and as an opal changes its colors and its fire to match the nature of a day, so do I."

There are as many worlds as there are kinds of days, and as an opal changes its colors and its fire to match the nature of a day, so do I.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "There are two kinds of people in the world, observers and non-observers."

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Perhaps the less we have, the more we are required to brag."

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



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: "All great and precious things are lonely."

All great and precious things are lonely.



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

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ."

A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.



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

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "With all our horrors and faults, somewhere in us there is a shining."

With all our horrors and faults, somewhere in us there is a shining.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power."

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck."

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "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."

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.



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: "Time is the only critic without ambition."

Time is the only critic without ambition.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "How can you frighten a man whose hunger is not only in his own cramped stomach but in the wretched bellies of his children? You can't scare him--he has known a fear beyond every other."

How can you frighten a man whose hunger is not only in his own cramped stomach but in the wretched bellies of his children? You can't scare him--he has known a fear beyond every other.