• All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal

    John Steinbeck
  • What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness

    John Steinbeck
  • There's more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty

    John Steinbeck
  • When a child first catches adults out -- when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not always have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just -- his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone. And there is one sure thing about the fall of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter or sink deeply into green muck. It is a tedious job to build them up again; they never quite shine. And the child's world is never quite whole again. It is an aching kind of growing

    John Steinbeck
  • It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second

    John Steinbeck
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