John Steinbeck

United States
27 Feb 1902 // 20 Dec 1968
Writer

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You know most people live ninety per cent in the past, seven per cent in the present, and that only leaves them three per cent for the future.

The Winter of Our Discontent
A question is a trap and an answer is your foot in it.

Travels with Charley: In Search of America
Man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, and emerges ahead of his accomplishments.

The Grapes of Wrath
If you want to keep a friend, never test him.

The Winter of Our Discontent
What freedom men and women could have, were they not constantly tricked and trapped and enslaved and tortured by their sexuality! The only drawback in that freedom is that without it one would not be a human. One would be a monster.

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

East of Eden
You're going to pass something down no matter what you do or if you do nothing. Even if you let yourself go fallow, the weeds will grow and the brambles. Something will grow.

East of Eden
He learned that when people are very poor they still have something to give and the impulse to give it.

East of Eden
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.

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

Travels with Charley: In Search of America
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