John Steinbeck

1902 - 1968

A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck on needs, people, and responsibility

People need responsibility. They resist assuming it, but they cannot get along without it.

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck on day and life

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Lord, how the day passes! It's like a life - so quickly when we don't watch it, and so slowly if we do.

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 on enemies, fatherhood, security, and sons

Father and son are natural enemies and each is happier and more secure in keeping it that way.

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

Source: quoted in To Be a Father

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck on corruption, fear, and power

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

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck on ideas and learning

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

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck on advice

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No one wants advice, only corroboration.

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck on best friend, books, and friendship

Books are the best friends you can have; they inform you, and entertain you, and they don't talk back.

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck on belief, fishing, love, and motherhood

All Americans believe that they are born fishermen. For a man to admit a distaste for fishing would be like denouncing mother-love or hating moonlight.

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

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