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Seven Powerful Quotes from Nobel Prize-Winner John Steinbeck

On October 25th, 1962, fifty-six years ago, John Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize of Literature. His vivid depiction of the rural American landscape as a projection of the human psyche is both haunting and poignant, supporting his enduring legacy as a literary great. Known for his portrayal of unfailing optimism in the midst of human suffering, it seems clear that his words will inspire readers and dreamers for generations to come. Here are seven powerful quotes to pay tribute to his memory and continue his legacy.


Travels with Charley: In Search of America (1962)


Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

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1. “A journey is like a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” 


2. “I am happy to report that in the war between romance and reality, reality is not the stronger.”


East of Eden (1952)


'East of Eden' by John Steinbeck

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3. “All great and precious things are lonely.” 


4. “And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.”


The Winter of Our Discontent (1961)


'The Winter of Our Discontent' by John Steinbeck

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5. “When two people meet, each one is changed by the other so you’ve got two new people.” 


Grapes of Wrath (1939)


'The Grapes of Wrath' by John Steinbeck

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6. “Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.” 


The Pearl (1947)


'The Pearl' by John Steinbeck

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7. For it is said that humans are never satisfied, that you give them one thing and they want something more. And this is said in disparagement, whereas it is one of the greatest talents the species has.”




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