JOHN STEINBECK Quotes

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

John Steinbeck
life 

“It has always seemed strange to me...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, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”

John Steinbeck
life 

“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.”

John Steinbeck
life 

“Muscles aching to work, minds aching to create - this is man.”

John Steinbeck
life 

“Muscles aching to work, minds aching to create - this is man.”

John Steinbeck

“Tom felt his darkness. His father was beautiful and clever, his mother was short and mathematically sure. Each of his brothers and sisters had looks or gifts or fortune. Tom loved all of them passionately, but he felt heavy and earth-bound. He climbed ecstatic mountains and floundered in the rocky darkness between the peaks. He had spurts of bravery but they were bracketed in battens of cowardice.”

John Steinbeck

“Mr. Trask, do you think the thoughts of people suddenly become important at a given age? Do you have sharper feelings or clearer thoughts now than when you were ten? Do you see as well, hear as well, taste as vitally?”

John Steinbeck

“There's more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty.”

John Steinbeck
truth 

“Sometimes, a lie is told in kindness. I don't believe it ever works kindly. The quick pain of truth can pass away, but the slow, eating agony of a lie is never lost.”

John Steinbeck
truth 

“A man with a beard was always a little suspect anyway. You couldn't say you wore a beard because you liked a beard. People didn't like you for telling the truth. You had to say you had a scar so you couldn't shave.”

John Steinbeck
truth