10 John Steinbeck Quotes that are as True Today

By February 27, 2017Authors, Quotations

John Steinbeck was a prolific author, social commentator and fighter for social justice and is considered to be one of the greatest Americans to have ever lived. Born on 27th February 1902 Steinbeck wrote 27 books during his career including sixteen novels, six nonfiction works and five collections of short stories. His books are as popular today as they ever were and regularly make up entries on school reading lists and required reading.

With so much writing to choose from, we’re spoiled for choice when picking quotes but here are ten that we think are just as true today as when they were written.

“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”

~ Of Mice and Men

 

“I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.”

~ East of Eden

 

“A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.”

~ Travels with Charley: In Search of America

 

“No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.”

~ The Winter of Our Discontent

 

“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.”

~ Cannery Row

 



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

~ East of Eden

“I guess there are never enough books.”

~ A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia

 

“I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one. . . . Humans are caught—in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too—in a net of good and evil. . . . There is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well—or ill?”

~ East of Eden

 

“Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.”

~ East of Eden

 

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

~ Travels with Charley: In Search of America

 

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They say great minds think alike, and this is certainly true when it comes to J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. The two fantasy writers were close friends and often discussed everything from fantasy to faith with one another. However, it seems neither of the two were particularly impressed by another great mind, Walt Disney.

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Sadly Leo passed away in April 2017, aged 86, but has left behind him a legacy of legendary characters still in comic book circulation today. I, personally, owe him a debt of gratitude for my first heroine of literature I looked up to: Minnie the Minx, a violent, rebel girl who hated snobby parents and boring kids.

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Robert’s life was far from simple, or easy, and this is reflected in his wise and intelligent musings within his work. It is difficult to condense such a fine body of work into a small blog but we hope we have done some justice to the great writer by choosing our favourite 10 quotes from Zen

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Dame Muriel Spark (nee Camberg) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1918 to parents Bernard and Sarah Camberg. She was educated in an all-girls school then went on to ‘study commercial correspondence and précis writing’ at Heriot-Watt College; her education took her into teaching English for a short while, and secretarial work.

During WWII Muriel worked as a propagandist for the Political Intelligence Department for the British Foreign Office, but once the war was over she concentrated on her writing, in particular poetry and literary criticism.

Muriel considered her joining the Roman Catholic Church to be important in her development as a novelist as it apparently gave her an insight into the meaning of human existence. Her first novel was published in 1957, named The Comforters, and centred on a young woman who discovers she is a character in a novel (I have yet to read it but it sounds fascinating!).

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Muriel passed away on April 13th 2006, survived by her estranged son.

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  • Gopalbhai Trivedi says:

    Why donot you introduce a feature in your regular posts on Facebook and otherwise so that if you want to share the artcle and/or quotes or fotos from your posts on Whatsaapp, Googleplus, Instagram, it can be uploaded easily…like The newspapers -Times of India and Economic Times published in India!It will give you free publicity and your posts can be accessed by others.on your website! Thanks!

  • Chennakesa Singh says:

    There is one quote of Jhon Stein Beck, in “Grapes of wrath , ” The line between hunger and anger is very thin,,”. I read that great book of that great writers when I was doing my post graduation. I admire him a lot.

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