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John Steinbeck

[1902-68]

       American author John Steinbeck won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1940 for his masterpiece, the novel "Grapes of Wrath", and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962.

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Joseph McCarthy proved [that] the more ridiculous the charge,
the less possibility there is of defense.” (in "America & Americans" 1968)  {Issue #36}
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“Most of the feeling we call religious, most of the mystical outcrying which is one of the prized
and used and desired reactions of our species, is really the understanding and the attempt
to say that man is related to the whole thing.” (from "Sea of Cortez" 1941)  {Issue #39}
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“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.”  {Issue #65}
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“Boileau said that Kings, Gods and Heroes only were fit subjects for literature. The writer can only
write about what he admires. Present-day kings aren't very inspiring, the gods are on a vacation,
and about the only heroes left are the scientists and the poor.”  {Issue #69}

“I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some
affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it... Montana seems
to me to be what a small boy would think Texas is like from hearing Texans.”  {Issue #69}

“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts ... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.”  {Issue #69}

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them,
and pretty soon you have a dozen.”  {Issue #69}

“This I believe: That the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.
And this I would fight for: The freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this
I must fight against: Any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.”  {Issue #69}
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“It is historically true that a nation whose people take out more than they put in will collapse
and disappear.” (in "America & Americans" 1966)  {blog 8/2008}
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“Time is the only critic without personal ambition.”  {blog 7/2012}
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“No one wants advice – only corroboration.”  {blog 5/2013}
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“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”  {blog 12/2013}
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“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat
but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”  {blog 4/2014}
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“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.”  {blog 8/2015}
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“And know that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” - in his 1952 novel "East of Eden"  {blog 11/2016}

Steinbeck Quotations Not Yet Used on the Blog

"Man is indeed wonderful, and perhaps his greatest achievement has been
to survive his paradoxes." - in "America & Americans", 1966

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