There's an awful lot of inactive kindness which is nothing but laziness, not wanting any trouble, confusion, or effort.
("The Winter of Our Discontent")
More Quotes from John Steinbeck:Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
And now the group was welded to one thing, one unit, so that in the dark the eyes of the people were inward, and their minds played in other times, and their sadness was like rest, like sleep.
Maybe it's true that we are all descended from the restless, the nervous, the criminals, the arguers and brawlers, but also the brave and independent and generous. If our ancestors had not been that, they would have stayed in their home plots in the other world and starved over the squeezed-out soil.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
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.
The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty.
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I have begun to think of life as a series of ripples widening out from an original center.
I never ate of the grapes nor feared of the eruptions.
David O. Selznick