Best Quotes by John Steinbeck (Top 10)

  1. I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen.
  2. 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.
  3. All great and precious things are lonely.
  4. And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.
  5. And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.
  6. All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal.
  7. What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
  8. Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.

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