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John Steinbeck
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I have written a great many stories and I still don't know how to go about it except to write it and take my chances. John Steinbeck
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Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. John Steinbeck
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We don't take a trip. A trip takes us. John Steinbeck
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When you're huntin' somepin you're a hunter, an' you're strong. Can't nobody beat a hunter. But when you get hunted - that's different. Somepin happens to you. You ain't strong: maybe you're fierce, but you ain't strong." - Muley John Steinbeck
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The story [Henny-Penny] has the best opening in all literature-"The sky is falling," cried Henny-Penny, "and a piece of it fell on my tail. John Steinbeck
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A town is a thing like a colonial animal. A town has a nervous system and a head and shoulders and feet. A town is a thing separate from all other towns alike. And a town has a whole emotion. How news travels through a town is a mystery not easily to be solved. News seems to move faster than small boys can scramble and dart to tell it, faster than women can call it over the fences. John Steinbeck
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There's a responsibility in being a person. It's more than just taking up space where air would be. John Steinbeck
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For there are two possible reactions to social ostracism - either a man emerges determined to be better, purer, and kindlier or he goes bad, challenges the world and does even worse things. The last is by far the commonest reaction to stigma. John Steinbeck
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Perhaps the best conversationalist in the world is the man who helps others to talk. John Steinbeck
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Yes, you should talk," he said. "Sometimes a sad man can talk the sadness right out through his mouth. Sometimes a killin' man can talk the murder right out of his mouth. John Steinbeck
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Act out being alive, like a play. And after a while, a long while, it will be true. John Steinbeck
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A guy needs somebody?to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick. John Steinbeck
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He learned that when people are very poor they still have something to give and the impulse to give it. John Steinbeck
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And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good. John Steinbeck
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No one wants advice - only corroboration. John Steinbeck
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Nobody changes. Nobody gets hurt. John Steinbeck
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A man who tells secrets or stories must think of who is hearing or reading, for a story has as many versions as it has readers. Everyone takes what he wants or can from it and thus changes it to his measure. Some pick out parts and reject the rest, some strain the story through their mesh of prejudice, some paint it with their own delight. A story must have some points of contact with the reader to make him feel at home in it. Only then can he accept wonders. John Steinbeck
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In the streets of New York between seven and nine in the morning you will see the slow procession of dog and downer proceeding from street to tree to hydrant to trash basket. They are apartment dogs. They are taken out twice a day, and, while it is a cliche, it is truly amazing how owner and dog resemble each other. They grow to walk alike and have the same set of head. John Steinbeck
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What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness? You only truly, deeply appreciate and are grateful for something when you compare and contrast it to something worse. John Steinbeck
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A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner. John Steinbeck
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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. It might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. John Steinbeck
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Wherever they's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever they's a cop beating up a guy, I'll be there.... I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad an'-I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry an' they know supper's ready. An' when our folks eat the stuff they raise an' live in the houses they build-why, I'll be there. John Steinbeck
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When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was upon me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch. When years described me as mature, the remedy prescribed was middle age. In middle age I was assured that greater age would calm my fever and now that I am fifty-eight perhaps senility will do the job. John Steinbeck
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I find it valid to understand man as an animal before I am prepared to know him as a man. John Steinbeck
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I have wondered why is it that some people are less affected and torn by the verities of life and death that others. John Steinbeck
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There's nothing sadder to me than associations held together by nothing but the glue of postage stamps. If you can't see or hear or touch a man, it's best to let him go. John Steinbeck
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A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policies and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. John Steinbeck
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The lies we tell about our duty and our purposes, the meaningless words of science and philosophy, are walls that topple before a bewildered little "why". John Steinbeck
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It is the nature of a person as he/she grows older to protest against change, particularly changes for the better. John Steinbeck
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Just set one day's work in front of the last day's work. That's the way it comes out. And that's the only way it does. John Steinbeck
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Trips to fairly unknown regions should be made twice; once to make mistakes and once to correct them. John Steinbeck
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Americans are much more American than they are Northerners, Southerners, Westerners, or Easterners ... California Chinese, Boston Irish, Wisconsin German, yes, Alabama Negroes, have more in common than they have apart ... The American identity is an exact and provable thing. John Steinbeck
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A man who gets few letters does not open one lightly. John Steinbeck
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When the time for recognition of service to the nation in wartime comes to be considered, Bob Hope should be high on the list. This man drives himself and is driven. It is impossible to see how he can do so much, can cover so much ground, can work so hard, and can be so effective. He works month after month at a pace that would kill most people. John Steinbeck
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Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do...Try to be better than yourself. John Steinbeck
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They must be real people. And this means that every word in every line of speech must be accurate and full of some kind of meaning which stretches not only forward in the book but stems from before in the book. John Steinbeck
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'I know,' said Winter, 'but they don't know.' And he went on with a thought he had been having. 'A time-minded people,' he said, 'and the time is nearly up. They think that just because they have only one leader and one head, we are all like that. They know that ten heads lopped off will destroy them, but we are a free people; we have as many heads as we have people, and in a time of need leaders pop up among us like mushrooms.' John Steinbeck
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A boy gets to be a man when a man is needed. Remember this thing. I have known boys forty years old because there was no need for a man: John Steinbeck
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In uncertainty I am certain that underneath their topmost layers of frailty men want to be good and want to be loved. Indeed most of their vices are attempted short cuts to love. When a man comes to die, no matter what his talents and influence and genius, if he dies unloved his life must be a failure to him and his dying a cold horror. John Steinbeck
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There is nothing in the world like the first taste of beer. John Steinbeck
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He is so stupid you can't trust him with an idea. John Steinbeck
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A writer lives in awe of words, for they can be cruel or kind, and they can change their meanings right in front of you. They pick up flavors and odors like butter in a refrigerator. John Steinbeck
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I nearly always write just as I nearly always breathe. - John Steinbeck John Steinbeck
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Fella in business got to lie an' cheat, but he calls it somepin else. That's what's important. You go steal that tire an' you're a thief, but he tried to steal your four dollars for a busted tire. They call that sound business. John Steinbeck
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I know a little bit about a great many things and not enough about any one to make a living in these times. John Steinbeck
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The sale of souls to gain the whole world is completely voluntary and almost unanimous...but not quite. John Steinbeck
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There's a capacity for appetite... that a whole heaven and earth of cake can't satisfy John Steinbeck
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I seen it over an' over-a guy talkin' to another guy and it don't make no difference if he don't hear or understand. The thing is, they're talkin', or they're settin' still not talkin'. It don't make no difference, no difference. [...] George can tell you screwy things, and it don't matter. It's just the talking. It's just bein' with another guy. That's all. John Steinbeck
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Guy don't need no sense to be a nice fella. Seems to me sometimes it jus' works the other way around. Take a real smart guy and he ain't hardly ever a nice fella. John Steinbeck
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This you may say of man - when theories change and crash, when schools, philosophies, when narrow dark alleys of thought, national, religious, economic, grow and disintegrate, man reaches, stumbles forward, painfully, mistakenly sometimes. Having stepped forward, he may slip back, but only half a step, never the full step back. John Steinbeck
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Our people are good people; our people are kind people. Pray God some day kind people won't all be poor. John Steinbeck
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All we got is the family unbroke. John Steinbeck
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You know what it is? San Francisco is a golden handcuff with the key thrown away. John Steinbeck
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A woman journalist in England asked me why Americans usually wrote about their childhood and a past that happened only in imagination, why they never wrote about the present. This bothered me until I realized why - that a novelist wants to know how it comes out, that he can't be omnipotent writing a book about the present, particularly this one. John Steinbeck
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I have taken as much as six years to prepare a book for writing. There is such a delirium of effort in the production of a book; it's like childbirth. And, like childbirth, one forgets the pains immediately so that when you come to write another one you dare to take it up again. Some precious anesthesia sees you through. John Steinbeck
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There is no term comparable to green thumbs to apply to such a mechanic, but there should be. For there are men who can look, listen, tap, make an adjustment, and a machine works. John Steinbeck
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The techniques of opening conversation are universal. I knew long ago and rediscovered that the best way to attract attention, help, and conversation is to be lost. A man who seeing his mother starving to death on a path kicks her in the stomach to clear the way, will cheerfully devote several hours of his time giving wrong directions to a total stranger who claims to be lost. John Steinbeck
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I suffer as always from the fear of putting down the first line. It is amazing the terrors, the magics, the prayers, the straitening shyness that assail one. It is as though the words were not only indelible but that they spread out like dye in water and color everything around them. A strange and mystic business, writing. John Steinbeck
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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, and you must be very tactful with Gods or the gods. John Steinbeck
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There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you - of kindness and consideration and respect - not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn't know you had. John Steinbeck in Steinbeck: A Life in Letters John Steinbeck
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We know what we got, and we don't care whether you know it or not. John Steinbeck
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My wife, my Mary, goes to her sleep the way you would close the door of a closet. So many times I have watched her with envy. Her lovely body squirms a moment as though she fitted herself into a cocoon. She sighs once and at the end of it her eyes close and her lips, untroubled, fall into that wise and remote smile of the Ancient Greek gods. She smiles all night in her sleep, her breath purrs in her throat, not a snore, a kitten's purr... She loves to sleep and sleep welcomes her. John Steinbeck
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It seems to me Montana is a great splash of grandeur. The scale is huge but not overpowering. The land is rich with grass and color, and the mountains are the kind I would create if mountains were ever put on my agenda. John Steinbeck
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Learning to read is probably the most difficult and revolutionary thing that happens to the human brain and if you don't believe that, watch an illiterate adult try to do it. John Steinbeck
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If a man ordered a beer milkshake he'd better do it in a town where he wasn't known. John Steinbeck
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Oh, the strawberries don't taste as they used to and the thighs of women have lost their clutch! John Steinbeck
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Don't worry about losing. If it is right, it happens - The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away. John Steinbeck
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But think of the glory of the choice! That makes a man a man. A cat has no choice, a bee must make honey. There's no godliness there. John Steinbeck
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We can shoot rockets into space but we can't cure anger or discontent. John Steinbeck
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In literary criticism the critic has no choice but to make over the victim of his attention into something the size and shape of himself. John Steinbeck
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