John Steinbeck

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

No one wants advice, only collaboration.

In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable.

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.

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

Time is the only critic without ambition.

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

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

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

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

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

Perhaps the best conversationalist in the world is the man who helps others to talk.

No one who is young is ever going to be old.

The Grapes Of Wrath (1939)

The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it.

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.


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

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