The Reason Why John Steinbeck Is My Favorite Author…

  • The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This I believe: That the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.
  • We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say — and to feel — ”Yes, that’s the way it is, or at least that’s the way I feel it. You’re not as alone as you thought.”
  • “As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment. Then gradually time awakened again and moved sluggishly on.” —of Mice and Men
  • “I have named the destroyers of nations: comfort, plenty, and security – out of which grow a bored and slothful cynicism, in which rebellion against the world as it is, and myself as I am, are submerged in listless self-satisfaction”
  • “I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.”
  • In human affairs of danger and delicacy successful conclusion is sharply limited by hurry. So often men trip by being in a rush. If one were properly to perform a difficult and subtle act, he should first inspect the end to be achieved and then, once he had accepted the end as desirable, he should forget it completely and concentrate solely on the means. By this method he would not be moved to false action by anxiety or hurry or fear. Very few people learn this.” —East of Eden
  • In the hearts and minds of the people, the grapes of wrath were growing heavy for the vintage. –The Grapes of Wrath
  • After the bare requisites of living and reproducing, man wants most to leave some record of himself, a proof, perhaps, that he has really existed. He leaves his proof on wood, on stone, or on the lives of other people. This deep desire exists in everyone, from the boy who scribbles on a wall to the Buddha who etches his image in the race mind. Life is so unreal. I think that we seriously doubt that we exist and go about trying to prove that we do.The Pastures of Heaven
  • For the world was changing, and sweetness was gone, and virtue too. Worry had crept on a corroding world, and what was lost–good manners, ease and beauty? Ladies were not ladies anymore, and you couldn’t trust a gentleman’s word… Oh, strawberries don’t taste as they used to and the thighs of women have lost their clutch!East of Eden
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4 Responses to “The Reason Why John Steinbeck Is My Favorite Author…”


  1. 1 L's brain August 25, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    the Grapes of Wrath is such a lovely book. One of my favs. I recently finished reading “I Feel Bad About My Neck” By Nora Ephron. I loved her sense of humor.

  2. 2 N. August 26, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    I haven’t read his books, but I will surely keep them in mind!

  3. 3 MishMisha August 28, 2007 at 9:55 am

    .: L’s Brain :.
    i totally agree.. and i’ve been reading anton chekov’s great short stories. i must say that russian man has some weird names LOL!

    .: N. :.
    omg dude you have to read one of his books! they’re amazing!!

  4. 4 N. August 28, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    Which one would you recommend the most? ^_^


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