John Ernst Steinbeck

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John Ernst Steinbeck

John Ernst Steinbeck

It always seemed strange to me that 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, aquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and selfinterest are the traits of sucess. And while men admire the quality of the first, they love the produce of the second.More John Ernst Steinbeck [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.More John Ernst Steinbeck [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Ernst Steinbeck [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Man is the only kind of varmint sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it.More John Ernst Steinbeck [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Ernst Steinbeck [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.More John Ernst Steinbeck [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.More John Ernst Steinbeck [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One can find so many pains when the rain is falling.More John Ernst Steinbeck [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Ernst Steinbeck [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.More John Ernst Steinbeck [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Ernst Steinbeck [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.More John Ernst Steinbeck [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I believe that love cannot be bought except with love.More John Ernst Steinbeck [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable.More John Ernst Steinbeck [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.More John Ernst Steinbeck [07/11/2011 01:07:09]
A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.More John Ernst Steinbeck [07/11/2011 01:07:25]
Four hoarse blasts of a ship's whistle still raise the hair on my neck and set my feet to tapping.More John Ernst Steinbeck [07/11/2011 01:07:32]
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.More John Ernst Steinbeck [07/11/2011 01:07:39]
I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything.More John Ernst Steinbeck [07/11/2011 02:07:00]
I have never smuggled anything in my life. Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier?More John Ernst Steinbeck [07/11/2011 02:07:24]
I've lived in good climate, and it bores the hell out of me. I like weather rather than climate.More John Ernst Steinbeck [07/11/2011 02:07:49]
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.More John Ernst Steinbeck [07/11/2011 02:07:00]
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.More John Ernst Steinbeck [07/11/2011 02:07:22]
n the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.More John Ernst Steinbeck [07/11/2011 02:07:35]
It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against a fish and loses had it coming.More John Ernst Steinbeck [07/11/2011 02:07:59]

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