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The Pearl Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from The Pearl
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“It is not good to want a thing too much. It sometimes drives the luck away. You must want it just enough . . . ”
John Steinbeck
author
The Pearl
book
Juana
character
luck
desires
ambition
concepts
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“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.”
Kino
character
goals
plans
concepts
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“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.”
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“Luck, you see, brings bitter friends.”
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“All of the time Juana had been trying to rescue something of the old peace, of the time before the pearl. But now it was gone, and there was no retrieving it. And knowing this, she abandoned the past instantly.”
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“In the pearl he saw Coyotito sitting at a little desk in a school, just as Kino had once seen it through an open door. And Coyotito was dressed in a jacket, and he had on a white collar and a broad silken tie
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“But the pearls were accidents, and the finding of one was luck, a little pat on the back by God or the gods or both.”
Kino
character
pearls
accidents
luck
gods
concepts
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“In his mind a new song had come, the Song of Evil, the music of the enemy, of any foe of the family, a savage, secret, dangerous melody, and underneath, the Song of the Family cried plaintively.”
Kino
character
danger
safety
family
enemy
evil
songs
concepts
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“In the town they tell the story of the great pearl—how it was found and how it was lost again.”
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“My son will read and open the books, and my son will write and will know writing. And my son will make numbers, and these things will make us free because he will know—he will know and through him we will know.”
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″... the music of the pearl was shrilling with triumph in Kino.”
Kino
character
pearls
music
triumph
concepts
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″... this was part of the family song too. It was all part. Sometimes it rose to an aching chord that caught the throat, saying this is safety, this is warmth, this is the Whole.”
Kino
character
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“It was the greatest pearl in the world.”
Kino
character
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“All manner of people grew interested in Kino – people with things to sell and people with favors to ask.”
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“In the surface of the great pearl he could see dreams form. He picked the pearl from the dying flesh and held it in his palm, and he turned it over and saw that its curve was perfect.”
Kino
character
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“And then Kino’s brain cleared from its red concentration and he knew the sound – the keening, moaning, rising hysterical cry from the little cave in the side of the stone mountain, the cry of death.”
Kino
Coyotito
characters
crying
clarity
death
sounds
concepts
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“She looked up at him, her eyes as cold as the eyes of a lioness. This was Juana’s first baby – this was nearly everything there was in Juana’s world. And Kino saw her determination and the music of the family sounded in his head with a steely tone.”
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“The people say that the two seemed to be removed from human experience; that they had gone through pain and had come out on the other side; that there was almost a magical protection about them.”
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“Here is your pearl. I found it in the path. Can you hear me now? Here is your pearl. Can you understand? You have killed a man. We must go away. They will come for us, can you understand? We must be gone before daylight comes.”
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“Oh, my brother, an insult has been put on me that is deeper than my life. For on the beach my canoe is broken, my house is burned, and in the brush a dead man lies. Every escape is cut off. You must hide us, my brother.”

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