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We can shoot rockets into space but we can’t cure anger or discontent.

Are the eaters more immoral than the eaten? In the end all are eaten—all—gobbled up by the earth, even the fiercest and the most crafty.

John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent (via thetidepool)

I guess we’re all, or most of us, the wards of that nineteenth century science which denied existence to anything it could not measure or explain.

Ethan Allen Hawley in the Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck (via alberttine)

Helpless? She’s tough as a boot. She’ll go right on long after you’ve rattled your engine to pieces. She’s like a gull that uses the wind to stay aloft and never beats a wing.

John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

That’s what I’m telling you. When I’m most honest, nobody believes me. I tell you, Alfio, to conceal your motives, tell the truth.

John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

It’s hard to know how simple or complicated a man is. When you become too sure, you’re usually wrong.

John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

In business and in politics a man must carve an maul his way through men to get to be King of the Mountain. Once there, he can be great and kind—but he must get there first.

John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

You know most people live ninety percent in the past, seven percent in the present, and that only leaves them three percent for the future. Old Satchel Paige said the wisest thing about that I ever heard. He said, ‘Don’t look behind. Something may be gaining on you.’

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. You’ve got to make that jump, Eth[an]. Once you get out, you’ll find success is a state of mind, too.

John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

Guard me against evil from with me and from harm without.

John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

Remember the old boy who said, ‘Manners maketh man’? Well that’s changed now. Tailors make men in any image they want.

John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

Maybe I’m learning little by little. Mostly I’m learning how much I don’t know.

John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

Else another light might go out.

John Steinbeck, from The Winter of Our Discontent (thank you, tamerah)

One of our oldest and most often disproved myths is that a man’s thoughts show in his face, that the eyes are the windows of the soul. It isn’t so. Only sickness shows, or defeat or despair, which are different kinds of sickness.

John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

Strength and success—they are above morality, above criticism. It seems, then, that it is not what you do, but how you do it and what you call it. Is there a check in men, deep in them, that stops or punishes? There doesn’t seem to be. The only punishment is for failure. In effect no crime is committed unless a criminal is caught.

John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

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