Quotes by John Steinbeck

Are cats strange animals or do they so resemble us that we find them curious as we do monkeys?
– John Steinbeck

He had an idea that even when beaten he could steal a little victory by laughing at defeat.
– John Steinbeck

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
– John Steinbeck

We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome.
– John Steinbeck

Learning to read is probably the most difficult and revolutionary thing that happens to the human brain and if you don’t believe that, watch an illiterate adult try to do it.
– John Steinbeck

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

There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do.
– John Steinbeck

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.
– John Steinbeck

No one wants advice – only corroboration.
– John Steinbeck

I find out of long experience that I admire all nations and hate all governments.
– John Steinbeck

Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them.
– John Steinbeck

Being at ease with himself put him at ease with the world.
– John Steinbeck

Man has a choice and it’s a choice that makes him a man.
– John Steinbeck

You know how advice is. You only want it if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyway.
– John Steinbeck

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
– John Steinbeck

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