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"My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular."
Adlai E. Stevenson
John Steinbeck Quotes
A book is like a man - clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun.
John Steinbeck

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
John Steinbeck

Four hoarse blasts of a ship's whistle still raise the hair on my neck and set my feet to tapping.
John Steinbeck

Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
John Steinbeck

I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession.
John Steinbeck

I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything.
John Steinbeck

I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.
John Steinbeck

I have never smuggled anything in my life. Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier?
John Steinbeck

I have owed you this letter for a very long time-but my fingers have avoided the pencil as though it were an old and poisoned tool.
John Steinbeck

I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.
John Steinbeck

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

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

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.
John Steinbeck

In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.
John Steinbeck

In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable.
John Steinbeck

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.
John Steinbeck

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 on the world.
John Steinbeck

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

Man is the only kind of varmint sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it.
John Steinbeck

Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.
John Steinbeck

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.
John Steinbeck

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

No one wants advice - only corroboration.
John Steinbeck

One can find so many pains when the rain is falling.
John Steinbeck

One man was so mad at me that he ended his letter: "Beware. You will never get out of this world alive."
John Steinbeck

Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners.
John Steinbeck

So in our pride we ordered for breakfast an omelet, toast and coffee and what has just arrived is a tomato salad with onions, a dish of pickles, a big slice of watermelon and two bottles of cream soda.
John Steinbeck

Syntax, my lad. It has been restored to the highest place in the republic.
John Steinbeck

The impulse of the American woman to geld her husband and castrate her sons is very strong.
John Steinbeck

The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.
John Steinbeck

The sound of a jet, an engine warming up, even the clopping of shod hooves on pavement brings on the ancient shudder, the dry mouth and vacant eye, the hot palms and the churn of stomach high up under the rib cage.
John Steinbeck

The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.
John Steinbeck

These words dropped into my childish mind as if you should accidentally drop a ring into a deep well. I did not think of them much at the time, but there came a day in my life when the ring was fished up out of the well, good as new.
John Steinbeck

This monster of a land, this mightiest of nations, this spawn of the future, turns out to be the macrocosm of microcosm me.
John Steinbeck

Time is the only critic without ambition.
John Steinbeck

Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
John Steinbeck

We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it.
John Steinbeck

Where does discontent start? You are warm enough, but you shiver. You are fed, yet hunger gnaws you. You have been loved, but your yearning wanders in new fields. And to prod all these there's time, the Bastard Time.
John Steinbeck

Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.
John Steinbeck

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Author
Date of Birth:
1902-02-27
Year of Death:
1968
Nationality:
American
 

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