"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."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."John Steinbeck on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."John Steinbeck on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."John Steinbeck on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."John Steinbeck on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."John Steinbeck on Winston Churchill
"No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself."
"The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business."
"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."
"Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard."
"It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world."