John Steinbeck Quotes
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Three hours of writing require twenty hours of preparation. Luckily I have learned to dream about the work, which saves me some working time.
I notice that a number of reviewers (what lice they are) complain that I deal particularly in the subnormal and the psychopathic. If said critics would inspect their neighbors within one block, they would find that I deal with the normal and the ordinary.
What do I want in a doctor? Perhaps more than anything else-a friend with special knowledge.
Luck or tragedy, some people get runs. Then of course there are those who divide it even, good and bad, but we never hear of them. Such a life doesn't demand attention. Only the people who get the good or bad runs.
A funeral isn't for the dead. You'll simply be a stage set for a kind of festival maybe. And besides, you won't even be there.
I remember as a child reading or hearing the words 'The Great Divide' and being stunned by the glorious sound, a proper sound for the granite backbone of a continent. I saw in my mind escarpments rising into the clouds, a kind of natural Great Wall of China.
I have never smuggled anything in my life. Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier?
Everyone I have ever known very well has been concerned that I would eventually starve. Probably I shall. It isn't important enough to me to be an obsession.
I have starved and it isn't nearly as bad as is generally supposed. Four days and a half was my longest stretch. Maybe there are pains that come later. Personally I think terror is the painful part of starvation.
The story [Henny-Penny] has the best opening in all literature-"The sky is falling," cried Henny-Penny, "and a piece of it fell on my tail."
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
The reason I talk to myself is because I'm the only one whose answers I accept.
Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours.