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Quotable - John Steinbeck, born 27 February 1902, died 20 December 1968 
18 Quotes

Quotable - John Steinbeck, born 27 February 1902, died 20 December 1968 

18 Quotes

— 6 months ago with 166 notes
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"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.’"
John Steinbeck
— 6 months ago with 924 notes
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The Legacy of John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck (born 27 February 1902) died on 20th December 1968

The Legacy of John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck (born 27 February 1902) died on 20th December 1968

— 8 months ago with 41 notes
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"All great and precious things are lonely."
John Steinbeck
— 1 year ago with 416 notes
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"I shall revenge myself in the cruelest way you can imagine. I shall forget it."
John Steinbeck
— 1 year ago with 216 notes
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"We are lonesome animals. We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story."
John Steinbeck
— 1 year ago with 461 notes
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John Steinbeck to his son, Thom
John Steinbeck, the best-selling Nobel laureate, enjoyed the duties of fatherhood and dispensed advice to his two sons when it was requested - and sometimes when it was not. When Steinbeck’s son Thom was fourteen he attended boarding school in Connecticut and met a young girl named Susan with whom he thought he might be in love. His father, then living in New York with his second wife, Elaine, offered his views on the matter.
Dear Thom:
We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.
First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.
Second — There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.
You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply — of course it isn’t puppy love.
But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it — and that I can tell you.
Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.
The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.
If you love someone — there is no possible harm in saying so — only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.
Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.
It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another — but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.
Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.
We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.
And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.
Love,
Fa
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John Steinbeck to his son, Thom

John Steinbeck, the best-selling Nobel laureate, enjoyed the duties of fatherhood and dispensed advice to his two sons when it was requested - and sometimes when it was not. When Steinbeck’s son Thom was fourteen he attended boarding school in Connecticut and met a young girl named Susan with whom he thought he might be in love. His father, then living in New York with his second wife, Elaine, offered his views on the matter.

Dear Thom:

We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.

First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second — There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply — of course it isn’t puppy love.

But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it — and that I can tell you.

Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

If you love someone — there is no possible harm in saying so — only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.

Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another — but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.

We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.

And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.

Love,

Fa

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— 1 year ago with 144 notes
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Steinbeck - Stuck on the title page.

Steinbeck - Stuck on the title page.

— 1 year ago with 50 notes
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Literary Birthday - 27 February
Happy Birthday, John Steinbeck, born 27 February 1902, died 20 December 1968
John Steinbeck: 11 Writing Quotes
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 has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well—or ill?
The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business. 
To finish is a sadness to a writer - a little death. He puts the last word down and it is done. But it isn’t really done. The story goes on and leaves the writer behind, for no story is ever done. 
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
Write it as a letter aimed at one person. This removes the vague terror of addressing the large and faceless audience and it also, you will find, will give a sense of freedom and a lack of self-consciousness.
We are lonesome animals. We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story. 
In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable. 
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. 
If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced that there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another. The formula seems to lie solely in the aching urge of the writer to convey something he feels important to the reader. If the writer has that urge, he may sometimes but by no means always find the way to do it.
I suffer as always from the fear of putting down the first line. It is amazing the terrors, the magics, the prayers, the straitening shyness that assail one. It is as though the words were not only indelible but that they spread out like dye in water and colour everything around them. A strange and mystic business, writing.
Literature is as old as speech. It grew out of human need for it, and it has not changed except to become more needed.
John Steinbeck: Seven Quotes
I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen.
It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.
Time is the only critic without ambition.
I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.
I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything. 
It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against a fish and loses had it coming. 
No one wants advice — only corroboration. 
John Steinbeck is widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath, and East of Eden, and the novella, Of Mice and Men. He wrote 27 books and five collections of short stories. Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.
by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Literary Birthday - 27 February

Happy Birthday, John Steinbeck, born 27 February 1902, died 20 December 1968

John Steinbeck: 11 Writing Quotes

  1. 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 has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well—or ill?
  2. The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business. 
  3. To finish is a sadness to a writer - a little death. He puts the last word down and it is done. But it isn’t really done. The story goes on and leaves the writer behind, for no story is ever done. 
  4. Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
  5. Write it as a letter aimed at one person. This removes the vague terror of addressing the large and faceless audience and it also, you will find, will give a sense of freedom and a lack of self-consciousness.
  6. We are lonesome animals. We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story. 
  7. In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable. 
  8. 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. 
  9. If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced that there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another. The formula seems to lie solely in the aching urge of the writer to convey something he feels important to the reader. If the writer has that urge, he may sometimes but by no means always find the way to do it.
  10. I suffer as always from the fear of putting down the first line. It is amazing the terrors, the magics, the prayers, the straitening shyness that assail one. It is as though the words were not only indelible but that they spread out like dye in water and colour everything around them. A strange and mystic business, writing.
  11. Literature is as old as speech. It grew out of human need for it, and it has not changed except to become more needed.

John Steinbeck: Seven Quotes

  1. I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen.
  2. It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.
  3. Time is the only critic without ambition.
  4. I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.
  5. I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything. 
  6. It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against a fish and loses had it coming. 
  7. No one wants advice — only corroboration. 

John Steinbeck is widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath, and East of Eden, and the novella, Of Mice and Men. He wrote 27 books and five collections of short stories. Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 1 year ago with 391 notes
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"Literature is as old as speech. It grew out of human need for it, and it has not changed except to become more needed."
John Steinbeck
— 1 year ago with 87 notes
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