John Steinbeck Quotes

Best 21 Quotes by John Steinbeck

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

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

“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.”

“Anything that just costs money is cheap.”

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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