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  • 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")


  • He drank too much when he could get it, ate too much when it was there, talked too much all the time.
    (John Steinbeck, "The Grapes of Wrath")

  • The land is so much more than its analysis.
    (John Steinbeck, "The Grapes of Wrath")

  • She gathered some brown seaweed and made a flat damp poultice of it, and this she applied to the baby's swollen shoulder, which was as good a remedy as any and probably better than the doctor could have done. But the remedy lacked his authority because it was simple and didn't cost anything.
    (John Steinbeck, "The Pearl")

  • I guess I'm trying to say, Grab anything that goes by. It may not come around again.
    (John Steinbeck, "The Winter of Our Discontent")

  • Only God sees the sparrow fall, but even God doesn't do anything about it.
    (John Steinbeck, "The Winter of Our Discontent")

  • Dessie's friends were good and loyal but they were human, and humans love to feel good and they hate to feel bad.
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")

  • 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.
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")

  • Perhaps the best conversationalist in the world is the man who helps others to talk.
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")

  • The ways of sin are curious . . . I guess if a man had to shuck off everything he had, inside and out, he'd manage to hide a few little sins somewhere for his own discomfort. They're the last things we'll give up.
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")

  • A stilted heron labored up into the air and pounded down the river.
    (John Steinbeck, "Of Mice and Men")


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