John Steinbeck

United States
27 Feb 1902 // 20 Dec 1968


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Maybe - maybe love makes you suspicious and doubting. Is it true that when you love a woman you are never sure - never sure of her because you aren't sure of yourself?
No one who is young is ever going to be old.
Itís a hard thing to leave any deeply routine life, even if you hate it.
When a man says he does not want to speak of something he usually means he can think of nothing else.
A man without words is a man without thought.
We have only one story. All novels, all poetry, are built on the neverending contest in ourselves of good and evil. And it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immortal. Vice has always a new fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is.
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.
A man so painfully in love is capable of self-torture beyond belief.
People like you to be something, preferably what they are.
Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."