John Steinbeck Quotes

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John Steinbeck Quotes

A boy becomes a man when a man is needed
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My imagination will get me a passport to hell one day.

— John Steinbeck

I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It is a mystique closely approximating a religion. And this is true to the extent that people either passionately love Texas or passionately hate it and, as in other religions, few people dare to inspect it for fear of losing their bearings in mystery or paradox. But I think there will be little quarrel with my feeling that Texas is one thing. For all its enormous range of space, climate, and physical appearance, and for all the internal squabbles, contentions, and strivings, Texas has a tight cohesiveness perhaps stronger than any other section of America. Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study, and the passionate possession of all Texans.

— John Steinbeck

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

— John Steinbeck

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

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

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Intentions, good or bad, are not enough. There's luck or fate or something else that takes over ...

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A plan is a real thing, and things projected are experienced. A plan once made and visualized becomes reality along with other realities-never to be destroyed but easily to be attacked.

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This was an evil beyond thinking. The killing of a man was not so evil as the killing of a boat. For a boat does not have sons, and a boat cannot protect itself, and a wounded boat does not heal.

— John Steinbeck

In March the soft rains continued, and each storm waited courteously until its predecessor sunk beneath the ground.

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You may thank God you didn't want to be an actor, Tom, because you would have been a very bad one. You worked it out at Thanksgiving, I guess, when you were all together. And it's working smooth as butter. I see Will's hand in this. Don't tell me if you don't want to."
"I wasn't in favor of it," said Tom.
"It doesn't sound like you," his father said. "You'd be for scattering the truth out in the sun for me to see. Don't tell the others I know." He turned away and then came back and put his hand on Tom's shoulder. "Thank you for wanting to honor me with the truth, my son. It's not clever but it's more permanent.

— John Steinbeck

Finally, although they didn't want to, Hazel and Jones were chosen to call on Doc. They found him working over a tide chart while he ate a chicken stew of which the principal ingredient was not chicken but sea cucumber. They thought he looked at them a little coldly. "It's Darling," they said. "She's sick.

— John Steinbeck

Mad at 'em because he ain't a big guy. You seen little

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Her great-great-great-great-great grandmother had been burned as a witch.

— John Steinbeck

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