Quotations From JOHN STEINBECK

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  • 1.
    Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
    John Steinbeck (1902-1968), U.S. author. Quoted in J.K. Galbraith, The Affluent Society, 1977 edition, introduction (1977). Remark describing Galbraith's chance meeting with Steinbeck in an airport lobby, when both were reading a hostile review of Galbraith's book following its first publication in 1958.

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  • 2.
    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 (1902-1968), U.S. author. Travels With Charley: in Search of America, pt. 3 (1962).

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  • 3.
    The new American finds his challenge and his love in the traffic-choked streets, skies nested in smog, choking with the acids of industry, the screech of rubber and houses leashed in against one another while the townlets wither a time and die.
    John Steinbeck (1902-1968), U.S. author. Travels With Charley: In Search of America, pt. 2 (1961). Steinbeck added, "This is not offered in criticism but only as observation. And I am sure that, as all pendulums reverse their swing, so eventually will the swollen cities rupture like dehiscent wombs and disperse their children back to the countryside."

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  • 4.
    The Mojave is a big desert and a frightening one. It's as though nature tested a man for endurance and constancy to prove whether he was good enough to get to California.
    John Steinbeck (1902-1968), U.S. author. Travels With Charley: in Search of America, pt. 3 (1962).

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  • 5.
    A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
    John Steinbeck (1902-1968), U.S. author. Travels With Charley: In Search of America, pt. 1 (1961).

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  • 6.
    The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty.
    John Steinbeck (1902-1968), U.S. author. repr. In Writers at Work, Fourth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1977). "In Awe of Words," 75th Anniversary edition of The Exonian, Exeter University.
  • 7.
    Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
    John Steinbeck (1902-1968), U.S. author. "On Critics," Writers at Work, Fourth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1977).
  • 8.
    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.
    John Steinbeck (1902-1968), U.S. author. The Grapes of Wrath, ch. 14 (1939).

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  • 9.
    Time is the only critic without ambition.
    John Steinbeck (1902-1968), U.S. author. Writers at Work, "On Critics," Fourth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1977).

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  • 10.
    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.
    John Steinbeck (1902-1968), U.S. author. "On Intent," Fourth Series, Writers at Work, ed. George Plimpton (1977).

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