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.

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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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck on day and dogs

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In the streets of New York between seven and nine in the morning you will see the slow procession of dog and downer proceeding from street to tree to hydrant to trash basket. They are apartment dogs. They are taken out twice a day, and, while it is a cliché, it is truly amazing how owner and dog resemble each other. They grow to walk alike and have the same set of head.

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

Source: quoted in Cold Noses and Warm Hearts

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck on universe and work

Man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

Source: The Grapes of Wrath, 1939, ch. 14

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