"It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."John Steinbeck on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."John Steinbeck on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."John Steinbeck on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."John Steinbeck on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."John Steinbeck on Mark Twain
"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."