John Steinbeck Quotes
Brief author info: John Steinbeck (1902-1968) American novelist and short-story writer.
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I'm back with my own kind of people here now, the bums and drinkers and no goods and it is a fine thing.
"It has always seemed strange to me," said Doc. "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."
Nearly everyone has his box of secret pain ...
When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was upon 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.
(Suicide) takes some doing, with maybe pain and maybe hell.
In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.
Charley is a mind-reading dog. There have been many trips in his lifetime, and often he has to be left at home. He knows we are going long before the suitcase has come out, and he paces and worries and whines and goes into a state of mild hysteria, old as he is.
I need a dog pretty badly. I dreamed of dogs last night. They sat in a circle and looked at me and I wanted all of them.
Hard-covered books break up friendships. You loan a hard-covered book to a friend and when he doesn't return it you get mad at him. It makes you mean and petty. But twenty-five-cent books are different.
I guess this is why I hate governments, all governments. It is always the rule, the fine print, carried out by fine-print men. There's nothing to fight, no wall to hammer with frustrated fists.
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.
Perform every act in life as if it were your last.
Every woman is wrong until she cries, and then she is right - instantly.
It takes great wit and interest and energy to be happy. The pursuit of happiness is a great activity. One must be open and alive. It is the greatest feat man has to accomplish.