Monday, April 15, 2024

John Steinbeck Best 100 Quotes

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1.“I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen.”
― John Steinbeck,

2.“A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.”
― John Steinbeck,

3.“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
― John Steinbeck,

4.“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.”
― John Steinbeck,

5.“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”
― John Steinbeck,

6.“People like you to be something, preferably what they are.”
― John Steinbeck,

7.“All great and precious things are lonely.”
― John Steinbeck,

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

9.“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.”
― John Steinbeck,

10.“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.”
― John Steinbeck,

11.“There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do.”
― John Steinbeck,

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

13.“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”
― John Steinbeck,

14.“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.”
― John Steinbeck,

15.“It was her habit to build up laughter out of inadequate materials.”
― John Steinbeck,

16.“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.”
― John Steinbeck,

17.“I shall revenge myself in the cruelest way you can imagine. I shall forget it.”
― John Steinbeck,

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

19.“I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s
why.”
― John Steinbeck,

20.Uble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.”
― John Steinbeck,

21.“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.”
― John Steinbeck,

22.“All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal.”
― John Steinbeck

23.“A man without words is a man without thought.”
― John Steinbeck,

24.“A man so painfully in love is capable of self-torture beyond belief.”
― John Steinbeck,

25.“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck,

26.“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.”
― John Steinbeck

27 “And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.”
― John Steinbeck,

28.“Can you honestly love a dishonest thing?”
― John Steinbeck,

29.“Perhaps the less we have, the more we are required to brag.”
― John Steinbeck

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

31.“When a man says he does not want to speak of something he usually means he can think of nothing else.”
― John Steinbeck,

32.“There’s more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty.”
― John Steinbeck,

33.“People who are most afraid of their dreams convince themselves they don’t dream at all.”
― John Steinbeck,

34.“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.”
― John Steinbeck

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

36.“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.”
― John Steinbeck,

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

38 “I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping, worked too hard and too long in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I’ve lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made love with joy and taken my hangovers as a consequence, not as a punishment.”
― John Steinbeck,

39.“Perhaps it takes courage to raise children..”
― John Steinbeck,

40.“I guess there are never enough books.”
― John Steinbeck,

41.“How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?”
― John Steinbeck,

42.“To be alive at all is to have scars. ”
― John Steinbeck,

43.“You know how advice is – you only want it if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyways.”
― John Steinbeck,

44.“My imagination will get me a passport to hell one day.”
― John Steinbeck,

45.“The quality of owning freezes you forever in “I,” and cuts you off forever from the “we.”
― John Steinbeck,

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

47.“I wonder why progress looks so much like destruction.”
― John Steinbeck,

48.“Anything that just costs money is cheap.”
― John Steinbeck

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

50.“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.”

51.“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.”

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

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

54.“It’s because I haven’t courage,’ said Samuel. ‘I could never quite take the responsibility. When the Lord God did not call my name, I might have called his name – but I did not. There you have the difference between greatness and mediocrity. It’s not an uncommon disease. But it’s nice for a mediocre man to know that greatness must be the loneliest state in the world.’

55.“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.”

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

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

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

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

60.“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.”

61.“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)”

62.’I’d think there are degrees of greatness,’ Adam said.

63.“Look now — in all of history men have been taught that killing of men is an evil thing not to be countenanced. Any man who kills must be destroyed because this is a great sin, maybe the worst we know. And then we take a soldier and put murder in his hands and we say to him, “use it well, use it wisely.” We put no checks on him. Go out and kill as many of a certain kind or classification of your brothers as you can. And we will reward you for it because it is a violation of your early training.”

64.“The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.”

65.“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.”

66.“Women can change better’n a man,” Ma said soothingly. “Woman got all her life in her arms. Man got it all in his head.”

67.“Man, he lives in jerks-baby born an’ a man dies, an’ that’s a jerk-gets a farm and looses his farm, an’ that’s a jerk. Woman, its all one flow, like a stream, little eddies, little waterfalls, but the river, it goes right on. Woman looks at it like that. We ain’t gonna die out. People is goin’ on-changin’ a little, maybe, but goin’ right on.”

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

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

70.Only then can he accept wonders.”

71.“Act out being alive, like a play. And after a while, a long while, it will be true.”

72.“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.”

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

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

75.“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.”

76.“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.”

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

78.“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.”

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

80.You can’t make a race horse of a pig.

81.No, said Samuel, “but you can make a very fast pig.”

82.“I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and what time the birds awaken in the summer — and what trees and seasons smelled like — how people looked and walked and smelled even. The memory of odors is very rich.”

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

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

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

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

87.“The church and the whorehouse arrived in the Far West simultaneously. And each would have been horrified to think it was a different facet of the same thing. But surely they were both intended to accomplish the same thing: the singing, the devotion, the poetry of the churches took a man out of his bleakness for a time, and so did the brothels.”

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

89.“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.”

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

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

92.“He had an idea that even when beaten he could steal a little victory by laughing at defeat.”

93.“You don’t even know where I’m going.”

94.I don’t care. I’d like to go anywhere.”

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

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

97.“I’m gettin’ tired way past where sleep rests me.”

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

99.“There are some times…when the love for people is strong and warm like a sorrow.”

100.“Guys like us got nothing to look ahead to.”

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