John Steinbeck

1902 - 1968

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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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck

Okie use'ta mean you was from Oklahoma. Now it means you're scum. Don't mean nothing itself, it's the way they say it.

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

Source: The Grapes of Wrath, 1939, ch. 18

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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.

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck

A fallow field is a sin.

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck on boredom, climate, good, hell, life, and weather

I've lived in good climate, and it bores the hell out of me. I like weather rather than climate.

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck on contempt and dogs

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 (1902 - 1968)

Source: quoted in Cold Noses and Warm Hearts

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