East Of Eden Quotes

Quotes tagged as "east-of-eden" (showing 1-30 of 31)
John Steinbeck
“We have only one story. All novels, all poetry, are built on the neverending contest in ourselves of good and evil. And it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immortal. Vice has always a new fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

John Steinbeck
“There is more beauty in truth, even if it is a dreadful beauty. The storytellers at the city gate twist life so that it looks sweet to the lazy and the stupid and the weak, and this only strengthens their infirmities and teaches nothing, cures nothing, nor does it let the heart soar.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

John Steinbeck
“They're a dark people with a gift for suffering way past their deserving. It's said that without whiskey to soak and soften the world, they'd kill themselves. (Irish)”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

John Steinbeck
“It's because I haven't courage,' said Samuel. 'I could never quite take the responsibility. When the Lord God did not call my name, I might have called his name - but I did not. There you have the difference between greatness and mediocrity. It's not an uncommon disease. But it's nice for a mediocre man to know that greatness must be the loneliest state in the world.'

'I'd think there are degrees of greatness,' Adam said.

'I don't think so,' said Samuel. 'That would be like saying there is a little bigness. No. I believe when you come to that responsibility the hugeness and you are alone to make your choice. On one side you have warmth and companionship and sweet understanding, and on the other - cold, lonely greatness. There you make your choice. I'm glad I chose mediocrity, but how am I to say what reward might have come with the other? None of my children will be great either, except perhaps Tom. He's suffering over the choosing right now. It's a painful thing to watch. And somewhere in me I want him to say yes. Isn't that strange? A father to want his son condemned to greatness! What selfishness that must be.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

John Steinbeck
“I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one, that has frightened and inspired us, so that we live in a Pearl White serial of continuing thought and wonder. 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. I think this is the only story we have and that it occurs on all levels of feeling and intelligence. Virtue and vice were warp and woof of our first consciousness, and they will be the fabric of our last, and this despite any changes we may impose on field and river and mountain, on economy and manners. There is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well - or ill?”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

John Steinbeck
“I think the difference between a lie and a story is that a story utilizes the trappings and appearance of truth for the interest of the listener as well as of the teller. A story has in it neither gain nor loss. But a lie is a device for profit or escape. I suppose if that definition is strictly held to, then a writer of stories is a liar - if he is financially fortunate.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“…this was the gold from our mining: 'Thou mayest.' The American Standard translation orders men to triumph over sin (and you can call sin ignorance). The King James translation makes a promise in 'Thou shalt,' meaning that men will surely triumph over sin. But the Hebrew word timshel—'Thou mayest'—that gives a choice. For if 'Thou mayest'—it is also true that 'Thou mayest not.' That makes a man great and that gives him stature with the gods, for in his weakness and his filth and his murder of his brother he has still the great choice. He can choose his course and fight it through and win.”
Jo A. Lee

John Steinbeck
“There's a capacity for appetite... that a whole heaven and earth of cake can't satisfy”
John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck
“Some men are friends with the whole world in their hearts, and there are others that hate themselves and spread their hatred around like butter on hot bread.”
John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck
“I take a pleasure in inquiring into things. 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

Ernest Hemingway
“You want everything so much and when you get it it's over and you don't give a damn.”
Ernest Hemingway

John Steinbeck
“The proofs that God does not exist are very strong, but in lots of people they are not as strong as the feeling that He does.”
John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck
“It is easy, out of laziness, out of weakness, to throw oneself into the lap of deity, saying, 'I couldn't help it; the way was set.' But think of the glory of the choice!”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

John Steinbeck
“Wishing just brought earned disappointment.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

John Steinbeck
“I eat stories like grapes.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

John Steinbeck
“A writer of stories is a liar.”
John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck
“Some people think it’s an insult to the glory of their sickness to get well.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

John Steinbeck
“Tom , the third son, was most like his father. He was born in fury and he lived in lightning.Tom came headlong into life. He was a giant in joy and enthusiasms. He didn't discover the world and its people, he created them..He lived in a world shining and fresh and as uninspected as Eden on the sixth day.”
John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck
“I wonder if he had a Cathy and who see was.”
John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck
“Казват, чистата рана зараствала най- бързо. За мен няма нищо по- печално от връзки, които се поддържат единствено посредством лепилото на пощенските марки. Не можеш ли да виждаш, да чуваш, да се докосваш да един човек. най- добре забрави го!”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

John Steinbeck
“In a bitter night, a mustard night that was last night, a good thought came and the dark was sweetened when the day sat down. And this thought went from evening star to the late dipper on the edge of the first light -- that our betters spoke of.”
John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck
“It was his first experience with this kind of love and it nearly killed him.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

John Steinbeck
“The weight of knowledge is too great for one mind to absorb.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

John Steinbeck
“Liza with her acceptance could take care of tragedy; she had no real hope this side of Heaven.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

John Steinbeck
“Los seres humanos tienen a veces más ponzoña que las serpientes.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

John Steinbeck
“A man can do a lot of damage in the church. When someone comes here, he's got his guard up. But in church a man's wide open.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

John Steinbeck
“Querido Pat:
Viniste a verme mientras tallabas una figurilla en madera, y me dijiste:
-¿ Por qué no me haces algo?-
Te pregunté qué querías y respondiste:
-Una caja-.
-¿Para qué?-
-Para poner cosas en ella-.
-¿Que cosas?-
-Todo lo que tengas-, dijiste.
Bien, aquí tienes la caja que querías. He puesto en ella casi todo lo que yo tenía, y todavía no está llena. Hay en ella dolor y excitación, sentimientos buenos y malos, y malos pensamientos y buenos pensamientos..., el placer del constructor, algo de desesperación y el gozo indescriptible de la creación.
Y todavía la caja no está colmada.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

John Steinbeck
“And I here make a rule-a great and lasting story is about everyone or it will not last. The strange and foreign is not interesting-only the deeply personal and familiar.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

John Steinbeck
“In uncertainty I am certain that underneath their topmost layer of frailty men want to be good and want be loved. Indeed most of their vices are attempted short cuts to love.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

John Steinbeck
“Aron's training in worldliness was gained from a young man of no experience, which gave him the ability for generalization only the inexperienced can have.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

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