John Steinbeck Quotes

Who the Hell is John Steinbeck?

John Ernst Steinbeck was an American author and Nobel Prize winner in Literature known for The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden and Of Mice and Men

Born February 27, 1902
Died December 20, 1968

Best 21 Quotes by John Steinbeck

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

John Steinbeck

“All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal.”

John Steinbeck

“And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.”

John Steinbeck

“Anything that just costs money is cheap.”

John Steinbeck

“I am happy to report that in the war between reality and romance, reality is not the stronger.”

John Steinbeck

“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.”

John Steinbeck

“I believe that love cannot be bought except with love.”

John Steinbeck

“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. It might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”

John Steinbeck

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple, learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

John Steinbeck

“If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy and sick.”

John Steinbeck

“It is one of the triumphs of the human that he can know a thing and still not believe it.”

John Steinbeck

“Lord, how the day passes! It’s like a life – so quickly when we don’t watch it and so slowly if we do.”

John Steinbeck

“Man is the only kind of varmint who sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it.”

John Steinbeck

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

John Steinbeck

“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”

John Steinbeck

“Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.”

John Steinbeck

“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.”

John Steinbeck

“Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.”

John Steinbeck

“We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it.”

John Steinbeck

“When two people meet, each one is changed by the other so you’ve got two new people.”

John Steinbeck

“Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.”

John Steinbeck