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Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Thought For The Day Quotes

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck (1902-1968) was an American novelist.

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Although his family was wealthy, John Steinbeck was interested in the lives of the farm labourers and spent time working with them. He wrote a number of novels about poor people who worked on the land and dreamed of a better life.

After publishing some novels and short stories, Steinbeck first became widely known with Tortilla Flat (1935), a series of humorous stories about Monterey paisanos.

His works generally deal with the social and economic issues of rural America. John Steinbeck was a leading writer of novels about the working class and was a major spokesman for the victims of the Great Depression.
John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception“.

John Steinbeck received the Nobel Medal and Diploma on 10 December 1962 from the Swedish King Gustaf VI Adolf, at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony held at the Stockholm Concert Hall.

The Best John Steinbeck Books

  • Cup of Gold (1929)
  • Of Mice and Men (1937)
  • Cannery Row (1945)
  • East of Eden (1952)
  • The Wayward Bus (1947)
  • Travels with Charley (1962)

Thought for the day quotes – John Steinbeck

  • Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
  • Time is the only critic without ambition.
  • The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success.
  • Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
  • There are no ugly questions except those clothed in condescension.
  • A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
  • It is true that we are weak and sick and ugly and quarrelsome but if that is all we ever were, we would millenniums ago have disappeared from the face of the earth.
  • No one wants advice, only corroboration.
  • We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome.
  • Men do change, and 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.
  • To be alive at all is to have scars.
  • Literature is as old as speech. It grew out of human need for it, and it has not changed except to become more needed.
  • We have usurped many of the powers we once ascribed to God. Fearful and unprepared, we have assumed lordship over the life or death of the whole world — of all living things.

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