It would be good to live in a perpetual state of leave-taking, never to go nor to stay, but to remain suspended in that golden emotion of love and longing; to be loved without satiety. ― John Steinbeck, The Log from the Sea of Cortez . (The Viking Press 1951)
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. — John Steinbeck, Sweet Thursday . (Viking Press 1954)
A man who tells secrets or stories must think of who is hearing or reading, for a story has as many versions as it has readers. Everyone takes what he wants or can from it and thus changes it to his measure. Some pick out parts and reject the rest, some strain the story through… Continue reading John Steinbeck
A man so painfully in love is capable of self-torture beyond belief. — John Steinbeck, East of Eden. ( The Viking Press September 1952)
Perhaps my greatest wisdom is the knowledge that I do not know. ― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America. (Penguin Books, February 5, 2002) Originally published 1962,
I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one… . Humans are caught—in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too—in a net of good and evil… . There is no other story. A man, after he… Continue reading John Steinbeck
And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.— John Steinbeck, East of Eden. (Penguin Books February 5, 2002) Originally published 1952.
A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid any more. — John Steinbeck, East of Eden.… Continue reading John Steinbeck
It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone. — John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent. (Penguin Classics; Reissue edition August 26, 2008) Originally published 1961.
In March the soft rains continued, and each storm waited courteously until its predecessor sunk beneath the ground. ― John Steinbeck, East of Eden. (Penguin Books February 5, 2002) Originally published 1952.