John Steinbeck

1902 - 1968

A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck on story, world, humans, caught, life, lives, thoughts, hungers, ambitions, avarice, cruelty, kindness, generosity, good, evil, well, and ill

"I believe that there is only one story in the world...Humans are caught--in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too--in a net of good and evil...A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean question: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well--or ill?"

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

Source: East of Eden

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck

What's wrong with him?  I think he's, well, embarrassed.  You see, he did not know untill this very moment that he was poor.

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

Source: Pastures of Heaven

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck on greatness, man, rise, and nature

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

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck on apathy, self-satisfaction, sloth, and destroyers of nations

“I have named the destroyers of nations: comfort, plenty, and security - out of which grow a bored and slothful cynicism, in which rebellion against the world as it is, and myself as I am, are submerged in listless self-satisfaction.”

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

Source: America and Americans 1966

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck on good writing

At the top of the ridge Jody was winded. He paused, puffing noisily. The blood pounded in his ears. Then he saw what he was looking for. Below, in one of the little clearings in the brush, lay the red pony. In the distance, Jody could see his lungs moving slowly and convulsively. And in a circle around him stood the buzzards, waiting for the moment of death they know so well.

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

Source: The Short Novels of John Steinbeck, Pages: 159

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck

Jody heard the hoot-owls hunting mice down by the barn, and he heard a fruit tree limb tap-tapping against the house. A cow was lowing when he went to sleep.

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

Source: The Short Novels of John Steinbeck, Pages: good writing

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck

"The ways of sin are curious," Samuel observed. "I guess if a man had to shuck off everything he had, inside and out, he'd manage to hide a few little sins somewhere for his own discomfort. They're the last things we'll give up." "Maybe that's a good thing to keep us humble. The fear of God in us." "I guess so," said Samuel. "And I guess humility must be a good thing, since it's a rare man who has not a piece of it, but when you look at humbleness it's hard to see where its value rests unless you grant that it is a pleasurable pain and very precious. Suffering - I wonder has it been properly looked at."

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

Source: East of Eden

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck on writers

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

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck on animals, courage, good, men, superiority, and understanding

We have never understood why men mount the heads of animals and hang them up to look down on their conquerers. Possibly it feels good to these men to feel superior to animals, but does it not seem that if they were sure of it they would not have to prove it? Often a man who is afraid must constantly demonstrate his courage and, in the case of the hunter, must keep a tangible record of his courage.

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck

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

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

Source: The Winter of Our Discontent

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