John Steinbeck - Quotes

There are 42 quotes by John Steinbeck at 95quotes.com. Find your favorite quotations and top quotes by John Steinbeck from this hand-picked collection about time. Feel free to share these quotes and sayings on Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr & Twitter or any of your favorite social networking sites.

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.

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.

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.

A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.

A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.

You know how advice is. You only want it if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyway.

You know how advice is. You only want it if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyway.

Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.

Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.

If you're in trouble, or hurt or need - go to the poor people. They're the only ones that'll help - the only ones. ---->>>

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

One can find so many pains when the rain is falling. ---->>>

Where does discontent start? You are warm enough, but you shiver. You are fed, yet hunger gnaws you. You have been loved, but your yearning wanders in new fields. And to prod all these there's time, the Bastard Time. ---->>>

Time is the only critic without ambition. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage. ---->>>

I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession. ---->>>

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.

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.

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.

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.

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

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

The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business. ---->>>

So in our pride we ordered for breakfast an omelet, toast and coffee and what has just arrived is a tomato salad with onions, a dish of pickles, a big slice of watermelon and two bottles of cream soda. ---->>>

Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments. ---->>>

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

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

I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts. ---->>>

We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it. ---->>>

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

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

No one wants advice - only corroboration.

No one wants advice - only corroboration.

It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world.

It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world.

Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals. ---->>>

These words dropped into my childish mind as if you should accidentally drop a ring into a deep well. I did not think of them much at the time, but there came a day in my life when the ring was fished up out of the well, good as new. ---->>>

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

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

I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature. ---->>>

I have owed you this letter for a very long time-but my fingers have avoided the pencil as though it were an old and poisoned tool. ---->>>

I have never smuggled anything in my life. Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier? ---->>>

I've lived in good climate, and it bores the hell out of me. I like weather rather than climate. ---->>>

I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything.

I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything.

In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable. ---->>>

Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play. ---->>>

The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty. ---->>>

Four hoarse blasts of a ship's whistle still raise the hair on my neck and set my feet to tapping. ---->>>

Syntax, my lad. It has been restored to the highest place in the republic. ---->>>

It is true that we are weak and sick and ugly and quarrelsome but if that is all we ever were, we would millenniums ago have disappeared from the face of the earth. ---->>>

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.

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.

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 02-27, 1902
Birthplace:
Die: 12-20, 1968
Occupation: Author
Website:

John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (; February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American author of 27 books, including 16 novels, six non-fiction books, and two collections of short stories. He is widely known for the comic novels Tortilla Flat (1935) and Cannery Row (1945), the multi-generation epic East of Eden (1952), and the novellas Of Mice and Men (1937) and The Red Pony (1937) (wikipedia)