author

John Steinbeck Quotes

25 of the best book quotes from John Steinbeck
  1. #1
    “But now, by saying what his future was going to be like, he had created it. A plan is a real thing, and things projected are experienced. A plan once made and visualized becomes a reality along with other realities—never to be destroyed but easily to be attacked.”
    author
    John Steinbeck
    book
    The Pearl
    character
    Kino
    concepts
    PlansGoals
  2. #2
    “It is not good to want a thing too much. It sometimes drives the luck away. You must want it just enough . . . ”
  3. #3
    “Luck, you see, brings bitter friends.”
  4. #4
    “For it is said that humans are never satisfied, that you give them one thing and they want something more. And this is said in disparagement, whereas it is one of the greatest talents the species has and one that has made it superior to animals that are satisfied with what they have.”
  5. #5
    “Perhaps it takes courage to raise children.”
  6. #6
    “It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times.”
  7. #7
    “There’s more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty.”
  8. #8
    “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?”
  9. #9
    “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.”
  10. #10
    “The last clear definite function of man—muscles aching to work, minds aching to create . . . ”
  11. #11
    “How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?”
  12. #12
    “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
  13. #13
    “She seemed to know, to accept, to welcome her position, the citadel of the family, the strong place that could not be taken.”
  14. #14
    “Her hazel eyes seemed to have experienced all possible tragedy and to have mounted pain and suffering like steps into a high calm and a superhuman understanding.”
  15. #15
    “Death was a friend, and sleep was death’s brother.”
  16. #16
    “And from her great and humble position in the family she had taken dignity and a clean calm beauty. From her position as healer, her hands had grown sure and cool and quiet; from her position as arbiter she had become as remote and faultless in judgment as a goddess. She seemed to know that if she swayed the family shook, and if she ever really deeply wavered or despaired the family would fall, the family will to function would be gone.”
  17. #17
    “Perhaps the less we have, the more we are required to brag.”
  18. #18
    “But I have a new love for that glittering instrument, the human soul. It is a lovely and unique thing in the universe.”
    author
    John Steinbeck
    book
    East of Eden
    character
    Lee
    concept
    Soul
  19. #19
    “People like you to be something, preferably what they are.”
  20. #20
    “I’m scared of stuff so nice. I ain’t got faith. I’m scared somepin ain’t so nice about it.”
  21. #21
    “But better than joy was calm. Imperturbability could be depended upon.”
  22. #22
    “She seemed to know, to accept, to welcome her position, the citadel of the family, the strong place that could not be taken. And since Tom and the children could not know hurt or fear unless she acknowledged hurt and fear, she has practiced denying them in herself.”
  23. #23
    “You’re bound to get idears if you go thinkin’ about stuff.”
  24. #24
    “And since, when a joyful thing happened, they looked to see whether joy was on her, it was her habit to build up laughter out of inadequate materials.”
  25. #25
    “She seemed to know that if she swayed the family shook, and if she ever really deeply wavered or despaired the family would fall, the family will to function would be gone.”
Book Lists › vehicles
Children's Books About Vehicles
Book Lists › female role models
Children's Books About Female Role Models
Join Our Kids Book Club
Learn More