86 Total Quotes

John Steinbeck Quotes

John Steinbeck
The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.
John Steinbeck
#American Author #Books And Reading

John Steinbeck
The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.
John Steinbeck
#American Author

John Steinbeck
It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against a fish and loses had it coming.
John Steinbeck
#American Author #Conviction

John Steinbeck
A dying people tolerates the present, rejects the future, and finds its satisfactions in past greatness and half remembered glory
John Steinbeck
#Death

John Steinbeck
And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed
John Steinbeck
#History

John Steinbeck
Time is the only critic without ambition.
John Steinbeck
#American Author #Ambition

John Steinbeck
It always seemed strange to me that 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, aquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and selfinterest are the traits of sucess. And while men admire the quality of the first, they love the produce of the second.
John Steinbeck
#Generosity

John Steinbeck
In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable.
John Steinbeck
#American Author #Inexplicable

John Steinbeck
Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners.
John Steinbeck
#American Author #Despair

John Steinbeck
I have named the destroyers of nations: comfort, plenty, and security - out of which grow a bored and slothful cynicism, in which rebellion against the world as it is, and myself as I am, are submerged in listless self-satisfaction
John Steinbeck
#Comfort

John Steinbeck
I've lived in good climate, and it bores the hell out of me. I like weather rather than climate.
John Steinbeck
#American Author #Climate

John Steinbeck
This monster of a land, this mightiest of nations, this spawn of the future, turns out to be the macrocosm of microcosm me.
John Steinbeck
#America #Future

John Steinbeck
Somewhere in the world there is defeat for everyone. Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory. Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat add victory.
John Steinbeck
#Defeat

John Steinbeck
The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty.
John Steinbeck
#American Author #Discipline

John Steinbeck
Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.
John Steinbeck
#American Author

John Steinbeck
I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.
John Steinbeck
#American Author #Dedication

John Steinbeck
A book is like a man / clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun.
John Steinbeck
#Man

John Steinbeck
Syntax, my lad. It has been restored to the highest place in the republic.
John Steinbeck
#American Author

John Steinbeck
Four hoarse blasts of a ship's whistle still raise the hair on my neck and set my feet to tapping.
John Steinbeck
#American Author

John Steinbeck
It is the nature of a man as he grows older- to protest against change, particularly changes for the better
John Steinbeck
#Age And Aging

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. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.
John Steinbeck
#American Author