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John Steinbeck Quotes In English

Hello, Welcome in a collection of John Steinbeck quotes about technology, books, self-esteem, depression, internet, cyberspace, and much more. Our team gives you some quotes about John Steinbeck. He was born on February 27, 1902, Salinas, CA.John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. was an American author. He won the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception. He died in December 20, 1968, New York, NY.

  • “I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen.”

  • “Don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens – The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.”

  • “An unbelieved truth can hurt a man much more than a lie. It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times. There’s a punishment for it, and it’s usually crucifixion.”

  • “A guy needs somebody―to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t make no difference who the guy is, long’s he’s with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick.”

  • “If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.”

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  • “But I have a new love for that glittering instrument, the human soul. It is a lovely and unique thing in the universe. It is always attacked and never destroyed – because ‘Thou mayest.”

  • “It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them.”

  • “I shall revenge myself in the cruelest way you can imagine. I shall forget it.”

  • “A man so painfully in love is capable of self-torture beyond belief.”

  • “There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do.”

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  • “But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.”

  • “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”

  • “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

  • “I was born lost and take no pleasure in being found.”

  • “It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”

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  • “And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.”

  • “I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.”

  • “I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.”

  • “Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”

  • “Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.”

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  • “All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal.”

  • “All great and precious things are lonely.”

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

  • “There’s more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty.”

  • “Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.”

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  • “I guess there are never enough books.”

  • “People like you to be something, preferably what they are.”

  • “To be alive at all is to have scars.”

  • “It has always seemed strange to me…The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”

  • “When two people meet, each one is changed by the other so you’ve got two new people.”

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  • “It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world.”

  • “My imagination will get me a passport to hell one day.”

  • “A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.”

  • “Do you take pride in your hurt? Does it make you seem large and tragic? …Well, think about it. Maybe you’re playing a part on a great stage with only yourself as audience.”

  • “A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid any more.”

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

  • “Anything that just costs money is cheap.”

  • “It was her habit to build up laughter out of inadequate materials.”

  • “Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.”

  • “As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.”

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  • “People who are most afraid of their dreams convince themselves they don’t dream at all.”

  • “It’s a hard thing to leave any deeply routine life, even if you hate it.”

  • “When a man says he does not want to speak of something he usually means he can think of nothing else.”

  • “Perhaps the less we have, the more we are required to brag.”

  • “Perhaps it takes courage to raise children..”

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  • “I am happy to report that in the war between reality and romance, reality is not the stronger.”

  • “..it’s awful not to be loved. It’s the worst thing in the world…It makes you mean, and violent, and cruel.”

  • “How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?”

  • “A man without words is a man without thought.”

  • “The quality of owning freezes you forever in “I,” and cuts you off forever from the “we.”

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  • “I wonder why progress looks so much like destruction.”

  • “You’ve seen the sun flatten and take strange shapes just before it sinks in the ocean. Do you have to tell yourself every time that it’s an illusion caused by atmospheric dust and light distorted by the sea, or do you simply enjoy the beauty of it?”

  • “You know how advice is – you only want it if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyways.”

  • “Can you honestly love a dishonest thing?”

  • “…and in the eyes of the people there is the failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath. In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.”

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  • “Don’t make everyone know about your sadness.”

  • “Men really do need sea-monsters in their personal oceans”

  • “You’re bound to get idears if you go thinkin’ about stuff”

  • “No one who is young is ever going to be old.”

  • “Guy don’t need no sense to be a nice fella. Seems to me sometimes it jus’ works the other way around. Take a real smart guy and he ain’t hardly ever a nice fella.”

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  • “Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.”

  • “His ear heard more than what was said to him, and his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought.”

  • “You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.”

  • “I guess I’m trying to say, Grab anything that goes by. It may not come around again.”

  • “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

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  • “Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.”

  • “He never fell, never slipped back, never flew.”

  • “And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.”

  • “Death was a friend, and sleep was Death’s brother.”

  • “For it is said that humans are never satisfied, that you give them one thing and they want something more. And this is said in disparagement, whereas it is one of the greatest talents the species has and one that has made it superior to animals that are satisfied with what they have.”

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  • “And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.”

  • “Intention, good or bad, is not enough.”

  • “Muscles aching to work, minds aching to create – this is man.”

  • “Maybe– maybe love makes you suspicious and doubting. Is it true that when you love a woman you are never sure– never sure of her because you aren’t sure of yourself? “

  • “We value virtue but do not discuss it. The honest bookkeeper, the faithful wife, the earnest scholar get little of our attention compared to the embezzler, the tramp, the cheat.”

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  • “A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.”

  • “Up ahead they’s a thousan’ lives we might live, but when it comes it’ll on’y be one.”

  • “If he needs a million acres to make him feel rich, seems to me he needs it ’cause he feels awful poor inside hisself, and if he’s poor in hisself, there ain’t no million acres gonna make him feel rich, an’ maybe he’s disappointed that nothin’ he can do ‘ll make him feel rich.”

  • “There are as many worlds as there are kinds of days, and as an opal changes its colors and its fire to match the nature of a day, so do I.”

  • “Man has a choice and it’s a choice that makes him a man.”

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  • “So many old and lovely things are stored in the world’s attic because we don’t want them around us and we don’t dare throw them out.”

  • “I suppose our capacity for self-delusion is boundless.”

  • “Just like heaven. Ever’body wants a little piece of lan’. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It’s just in their head. They’re all the time talkin’ about it, but it’s jus’ in their head.”

  • “If a story is not about the hearer, he will not listen. And here I make a rule—a great and interesting story is about everyone or it will not last.”

  • “It’s all fine to say, “Time will heal everything, this too shall pass away. People will forget”—and things like that when you are not involved, but when you are there is no passage of time, people do not forget and you are in the middle of something that does not change.”

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  • “New York is an ugly city, a dirty city. Its climate is a scandal, its politics are used to frighten children, its traffic is madness, its competition is murderous. But there is one thing about it – once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough.”

  • “Being at ease with himself put him at ease with the world.”

  • “Farewell has a sweet sound of reluctance. Good-by is short and final, a word with teeth sharp to bite through the string that ties past to the future.”

  • “I think I love you, Cal.” -Abra I’m not good.” -Cal Because you’re not good.” -Abra”

  • “When a condition or a problem becomes too great, humans have the protection of not thinking about it. But it goes inward and minces up with a lot of other things already there and what comes out is discontent and uneasiness, guilt and a compulsion to get something–anything–before it is all gone.”

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  • “There is more beauty in truth, even if it is a dreadful beauty. The storytellers at the city gate twist life so that it looks sweet to the lazy and the stupid and the weak, and this only strengthens their infirmities and teaches nothing, cures nothing, nor does it let the heart soar.”

  • “When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day’s work is all I can permit myself to contemplate.”

  • “I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.”

  • “It is one of the triumphs of the human that he can know a thing and still not believe it.”

  • “Don’t you love Jesus?’ Well, I thought an’ I thought an’ finally I says, ‘No, I don’t know nobody name’ Jesus. I know a bunch of stories, but I only love people.”

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  • “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.”

  • “How can you frighten a man whose hunger is not only in his own cramped stomach but in the wretched bellies of his children? You can’t scare him–he has known a fear beyond every other.”

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

  • “We can shoot rockets into space but we can’t cure anger or discontent. “

  • “There are no ugly questions except those clothed in condescension.”

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  • “Don’t you dare take the lazy way. It’s too easy to excuse yourself because of your ancestry. Don’t let me catch you doing it! Now — look close at me so you will remember. Whatever you do, it will be you who do.”

  • “What a frightening thing is the human, a mass of gauges and dials and registers, and we can only read a few and those perhaps not accurately.”

  • “It is the hour of pearl—the interval between day and night when time stops and examines itself.”

  • “They’re a dark people with a gift for suffering way past their deserving. It’s said that without whiskey to soak and soften the world, they’d kill themselves. (Irish)”

  • “Thoughts are slow and deep and golden in the morning.”

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  • “Our people are good people; our people are kind people. Pray God some day kind people won’t all be poor.”

  • “We could live offa the fatta the lan’.”

  • “The free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.”

  • “Time is more complex near the sea than in any other place, for in addition to the circling of the sun and the turning of the seasons, the waves beat out the passage of time on the rocks and the tides rise and fall as a great clepsydra.”

  • “Somewhere in the world there is a defeat for everyone. Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory. Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat and victory.”

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  • “And, of course, people are interested only in themselves. If a story is not about the hearer he will not listen.”

  • “I’ll want to hear,’ Samuel said. ‘I eat stories like grapes.”

  • “Ain’t many guys travel around together,” he mused. “I don’t know why. Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”

  • “We know what we got, and we don’t care whether you know it or not.”

  • “But you must give him some sign, some sign that you love him… or he’ll never be a man. All his life he’ll feel guilty and alone unless you release him.”

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  • “I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything.”

  • “I can still tend the rabbits, George? I didn’t mean no harm, George.”

  • “Sometimes, a lie is told in kindness. I don’t believe it ever works kindly. The quick pain of truth can pass away, but the slow, eating agony of a lie is never lost.”

  • “For the most part people are not curious except about themselves.”

  • “Luck, you see, brings bitter friends.”

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  • “I wonder how many people I have looked at all my life and never really seen.”

  • “In poverty she is envious. In riches she may be a snob. Money does not change the sickness, only the symptoms”

  • “He had an idea that even when beaten he could steal a little victory by laughing at defeat.”
  • “Failure is a state of mind. It’s like one of those sand traps an ant lion digs. You keep sliding back. Takes one hell of a jump to get out of it.”

  • “You can boast about anything if it’s all you have. Maybe the less you have, the more you are required to boast.”

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  • “I find out of long experience that I admire all nations and hate all governments”

  • “We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.”

  • “Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them.”

  • “I’m jus’ pain covered with skin.”

  • “To a man born without conscience, a soul-stricken man must seem ridiculous. To a criminal, honesty is foolish. You must not forget that a monster is only a variation, and that to a monster the norm is monstrous.”

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  • “There are two kinds of people in the world, observers and non-observers…”

  • “And this you can know- fear the time when Manself will not suffer and die for a concept, for this one quality is man, distinctive in the universe.”

  • “Well, every little boy thinks he invented sin. Virtue we think we learn, because we are told about it. But sin is our own designing.”

  • “And finally, in our time a beard is the one thing that a woman cannot do better than a man, or if she can her success is assured only in a circus.”

  • “When you’re a child you’re the center of everything. Everything happens for you. Other people? They’re only ghosts furnished for you to talk to.”

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  • “Perhaps the best conversationalist in the world is the man who helps others to talk.”

  • “He learned that when people are very poor they still have something to give and the impulse to give it.”

  • “This is the thing to bomb. This is the beginning—from “I” to “we”. If you who own the things people must have could understand this, you might preserve yourself. If you could separate causes from results, if you could know that Paine, Marx, Jefferson, Lenin were results, not causes, you might survive. But that you cannot know. For the quality of owning freezes you forever into “I”, and cuts you off forever from the “we”.

  • “I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog.”

  • “Hard-covered books break up friendships. You loan a hard covered book to a friend and when he doesn’t return it you get mad at him. It makes you mean and petty. But twenty-five cent books are different.”

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