And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.
("East of Eden")
More Quotes from John Steinbeck:Let's get it over and the door closed shut on it! Let's close it like a book and go on reading! New chapter, new life.
Act out being alive, like a play. And after a while, a long while, it will be true.
Let's say that when I was a little baby, and all my bones soft and malleable, I was put in a small Episcopal cruciform box and so took my shape. Then, when I broke out of the box, the way a baby chick escapes an egg, is it strange that I had the shape of a cross? Have you ever noticed that chickens are roughly egg-shaped?
How can you frighten a man whose hunger is not only in his own cramped stomach but in the wretched bellies of his children? You can't scare him--he has known a fear beyond every other.
The sale of souls to gain the whole world is completely voluntary and almost unanimous...but not quite.
He can kill anything for need but he could not even hurt a feeling for pleasure.
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