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John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” Quotes (78 Quotes)


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  • But think of the glory of the choice! That makes a man a man. A cat has no choice, a bee must make honey. There's no godliness there.
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")

  • It was quite normal in that day for a man to use up three or four wives in a normal lifetime.
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")

  • Parents took honor from a daughter who was a teacher.
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")

  • The free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")

  • When you're a child you're the center of everything. Everything happens for you. Other people? They're only ghosts furnished for you to talk to.
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")


  • But you must give him some sign, some sign that you love him... or he'll never be a man. All his life he'll feel guilty and alone unless you release him.
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")

  • It's a hard thing to leave any deeply routine life, even if you hate it.
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")

  • People like you to be something, preferably what they are.
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")

  • The house was clean, scrubbed and immaculate, curtains washed, windows polished, but all as a man does it - the ironed curtains did not hang quite straight and there were streaks on the windows and a square showed on the table when a book was moved.
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")

  • You can boast about anything if it's all you have. Maybe the less you have, the more you are required to boast.
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")

  • Courage and fear were one thing too.
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")

  • I've never been content to pass a stone without looking under it. And it is a black disappointment to me that I can never see the far side of the moon.
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")

  • Perhaps it takes courage to raise children..
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")

  • The quick pain of truth can pass away, but the slow, eating agony of a lie is never lost. That's a running sore.
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")

  • You're going to pass something down no matter what you do or if you do nothing. Even if you let yourself go fallow, the weeds will grow and the brambles. Something will grow.
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")


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