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The Winter of Our Discontent The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
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“I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“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
“To be alive at all is to have scars. ”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“I shall revenge myself in the cruelest way you can imagine. I shall forget it.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“Can you honestly love a dishonest thing?”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“People who are most afraid of their dreams convince themselves they don't dream at all.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“You know how advice is - you only want it if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyways.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“I guess I'm trying to say, Grab anything that goes by. It may not come around again.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“Intention, good or bad, is not enough.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“So many old and lovely things are stored in the world's attic because we don't want them around us and we don't dare throw them out.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“When a condition or a problem becomes too great, humans have the protection of not thinking about it. But it goes inward and minces up with a lot of other things already there and what comes out is discontent and uneasiness, guilt and a compulsion to get something--anything--before it is all gone.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“We can shoot rockets into space but we can't cure anger or discontent. ”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“Farewell has a sweet sound of reluctance. Good-by is short and final, a word with teeth sharp to bite through the string that ties past to the future.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“What a frightening thing is the human, a mass of gauges and dials and registers, and we can only read a few and those perhaps not accurately.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“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 their mesh of prejudice, some paint it with their own delight. A story must have some points of contact with the reader to make him feel at home in it. Only then can he accept wonders.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“For the most part people are not curious except about themselves.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“Failure is a state of mind. It's like one of those sand traps an ant lion digs. You keep sliding back. Takes one hell of a jump to get out of it.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“In poverty she is envious. In riches she may be a snob. Money does not change the sickness, only the symptoms”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“If you want to keep a friend, never test him.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“Are cats strange animals or do they so resemble us that we find them curious as we do monkeys?”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
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“Like most modern people, I don't believe in prophecy or magic and then spend half my time practicing it.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“He saw something that makes a man doubtful of the constancy of the realities outside himself. It was the shocking discovery that makes a man wonder if I've missed this, what else have I failed to see?”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“You know most people live ninety per cent in the past, seven per cent in the present, and that only leaves them three per cent for the future.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“Only God sees the sparrow fall, but even God doesn't do anything about it.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“Men don't get knocked out, or I mean they can fight back against big things. What kills them is erosion; they get nudged into failure. They get slowly scared.[...]It's slow. It rots out your guts.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“Money does not change the sickness, only the symptoms.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“Money is not nice. Money got no friends but more money.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“...intentions, good or bad, are not enough. There's luck or fate or something else that takes over...”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
“A day, a livelong day, is not one thing but many. It changes not only in growing light toward zenith and decline again, but in texture and mood, in tone and meaning, warped by a thousand factors of season, of heat or cold, of still or multi winds, torqued by odors, tastes, and the fabrics of ice or grass, of bud or leaf or black-drawn naked limbs. And as a day changes so do its subjects, bugs and birds, cates, dogs, butterflies and people.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

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