"No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself."
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."John Steinbeck on John Wooden
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."John Steinbeck on Thomas Jefferson
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."John Steinbeck on Theodore Roosevelt
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting."John Steinbeck on e. e. cummings
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."John Steinbeck on Dalai Lama
"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."
"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."