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John Steinbeck Quotes: "And is usually true of a man of one idea, [Charles] became obsessed."

And is usually true of a man of one idea, [Charles] became obsessed.




John Steinbeck Quotes: "Good God, what a mess of draggle-tail impulses a man is--and a woman too, I guess."

Good God, what a mess of draggle-tail impulses a man is--and a woman too, I guess.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Somewhere in the world there is a defeat for everyone. Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory. Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat and victory."

Somewhere in the world there is a defeat for everyone. Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory. Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat and victory.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "It is astounding to find that the belly of every black and evil thing is white as snow. And it is saddening to discover how the concealed parts of angels are leprous."

It is astounding to find that the belly of every black and evil thing is white as snow. And it is saddening to discover how the concealed parts of angels are leprous.




John Steinbeck Quotes: "It was her habit to build up laughter out of inadequate materials."

It was her habit to build up laughter out of inadequate materials.



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

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "His ear heard more than what was said to him, and his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought."

His ear heard more than what was said to him, and his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought.




John Steinbeck Quotes: "In uncertainty I am certain that underneath their topmost layer of frailty men want to be good and want be loved. Indeed most of their vices are attempted short cuts to love."

In uncertainty I am certain that underneath their topmost layer of frailty men want to be good and want be loved. Indeed most of their vices are attempted short cuts to love.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "For how can you remember the feel of pleasure or pain or choking emotion? You can remember only that you had them."

For how can you remember the feel of pleasure or pain or choking emotion? You can remember only that you had them.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "I've always been amused by the contention that brain work is harder than manual labor. I've never known a man to leave a desk for a muck-stick if he could avoid it."

I've always been amused by the contention that brain work is harder than manual labor. I've never known a man to leave a desk for a muck-stick if he could avoid it.



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: "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: "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."

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 Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "That's why I'm talking to you. 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."

That's why I'm talking to you. 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: "Morning seems to come earlier every year I live."

Morning seems to come earlier every year I live.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it."

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "I find out of long experience that I admire all nations and hate all governments"

I find out of long experience that I admire all nations and hate all governments



John Steinbeck Quotes: "She liked the idea so well that she felt there must be something bordering on sin involved in it."

She liked the idea so well that she felt there must be something bordering on sin involved in it.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "And I here make a rule-a great and lasting story is about everyone or it will not last. The strange and foreign is not interesting-only the deeply personal and familiar."

And I here make a rule-a great and lasting story is about everyone or it will not last. The strange and foreign is not interesting-only the deeply personal and familiar.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Are cats strange animals or do they so resemble us that we find them curious as we do monkeys?"

Are cats strange animals or do they so resemble us that we find them curious as we do monkeys?



John Steinbeck Quotes: "I ain't never done nothin' that wasn't part sin."

I ain't never done nothin' that wasn't part sin.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "It would be a dreadful thing to tell anyone about it, for it would destroy some fragile structure of truth. It was truth that might be shattered by division."

It would be a dreadful thing to tell anyone about it, for it would destroy some fragile structure of truth. It was truth that might be shattered by division.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "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."

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.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "All this wondering was the weather vane on top of the building of unrest and of discontent"

All this wondering was the weather vane on top of the building of unrest and of discontent



John Steinbeck Quotes: "And don't worry about losing. If i is right, it happens - the main thing is not to hurry.Nothing good gets away."

And don't worry about losing. If i is right, it happens - the main thing is not to hurry.Nothing good gets away.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Time is the only critic without ambition."

Time is the only critic without ambition.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "If we climb this high I swear we'll never die."

If we climb this high I swear we'll never die.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed."

And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.



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 can do a lot of damage in the church. When someone comes here, he's got his guard up. But in church a man's wide open."

A man can do a lot of damage in the church. When someone comes here, he's got his guard up. But in church a man's wide open.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "... but she was also bewilderingly lonely... Abra had lost her gift for being alone."

... but she was also bewilderingly lonely... Abra had lost her gift for being alone.



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

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Like most modern people, I don't believe in prophecy or magic and then spend half my time practicing it."

Like most modern people, I don't believe in prophecy or magic and then spend half my time practicing it.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "In March the soft rains continued, and each storm waited courteously until its predecessor sunk beneath the ground."

In March the soft rains continued, and each storm waited courteously until its predecessor sunk beneath the ground.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "The face and body may be perfect, but if a twisted gene or a malformed egg can produce physical monsters, may not the same process produce a malformed soul?"

The face and body may be perfect, but if a twisted gene or a malformed egg can produce physical monsters, may not the same process produce a malformed soul?



John Steinbeck Quotes: "And now submarines are armed with mass murder, our silly, only way of deterring mass murder."

And now submarines are armed with mass murder, our silly, only way of deterring mass murder.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "We still go where we want, even if we got to crawl for the right.' - Tom Joad (Jr.)"

We still go where we want, even if we got to crawl for the right.' - Tom Joad (Jr.)



John Steinbeck Quotes: "What I am mourning is perhaps not worth saving, but I regret its loss nevertheless."

What I am mourning is perhaps not worth saving, but I regret its loss nevertheless.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Life is knowledge, livin it is Succes!"

Life is knowledge, livin it is Succes!



John Steinbeck Quotes: "I wanta buy stuff. Stuff I don't need... Stuff settin' out there, you jus' feel like buyin' it whether you need it or not.-Uncle John"

I wanta buy stuff. Stuff I don't need... Stuff settin' out there, you jus' feel like buyin' it whether you need it or not.-Uncle John



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Everything seems to work with a recurring rhythm except life. There is only one birth and only one death. Nothing else is like that."

Everything seems to work with a recurring rhythm except life. There is only one birth and only one death. Nothing else is like that.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "And then I saw what I was to see so many times on the journey--a look of longing. "Lord! I wish I could go."

And then I saw what I was to see so many times on the journey--a look of longing. "Lord! I wish I could go.



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

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



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Her face looked for the answer that is always concealed in language."

Her face looked for the answer that is always concealed in language.



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: "An' I got to thinkin', on'y it wasn't thinkin', it was deeper down than thinkin'."

An' I got to thinkin', on'y it wasn't thinkin', it was deeper down than thinkin'.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "I do love her, and that’s odd because she is everything I detest in anyone else."

I do love her, and that’s odd because she is everything I detest in anyone else.



John Steinbeck Quotes: "Sometimes, a lie is told in kindness. I don't believe it ever works kindly. The quick pain of truth can pass away, but the slow, eating agony of a lie is never lost."

Sometimes, a lie is told in kindness. I don't believe it ever works kindly. The quick pain of truth can pass away, but the slow, eating agony of a lie is never lost.