John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books, and five collections of short stories. He is widely known for the comic novels Tortilla Flat (1935) and Cannery Row (1945), the multi-generation epic East of Eden (1952), and the novellas Of Mice and Men (1937) and The Red Pony (1937). The Pulitzer Prize-winning The Grapes of Wrath (1939) is considered Steinbeck's masterpiece and part of the American literary canon. In the first 75 years since it was published, it sold 14 million copies. The winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, he has been called "a giant of American letters". His works are widely read abroad and many of his works are considered classics of Western literature. Most of Steinbeck's work is set in southern and central California, particularly in the Sali... More
John Steinbeck Quotes
John Steinbeck #Best
No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.
John Steinbeck #Courage
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
John Steinbeck #Death
It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world.
John Steinbeck #Experience #Morning #Wisdom
It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.
John Steinbeck #Fear #Power
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
John Steinbeck #Marriage
A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
John Steinbeck #Sad
A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.
John Steinbeck #Work
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 #Time
Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.
John Steinbeck #War
Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners.
John Steinbeck #Business
The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.
John Steinbeck #Failure #Love #Men #Success
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 #Intelligence
It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against a fish and loses had it coming.
John Steinbeck #Change #Men
Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.
John Steinbeck #Time
Where does discontent start? You are warm enough, but you shiver. You are fed, yet hunger gnaws you. You have been loved, but your yearning wanders in new fields. And to prod all these there's time, the Bastard Time.
John Steinbeck #Great #Teacher
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. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.