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It is a fact verified and recorded in many histories that the soul capable of the greatest good is also capable of the greatest evil. Who is there more impious than a backsliding priest? Who more carnal than a recent virgin?

John Steinbeck, Tortilla Flat (via nauticalmiles)

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

John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

I don’t know it will be in years to come. There are monstrous changes taking place in the world, forces shaping a future whose face we do not know. Some of these forces seem evil to us, perhaps not in themselves but because their tendency is to eliminate other things we hold good.

John Steinbeck, East of Eden  (via smokeywords)

Some forces seem evil to us, perhaps not in themselves but because their tendency is to eliminate the things we hold good.

John Steinbeck, East of Eden (via wikiquote)

And it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immortal. Vice always has a new fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is.

John Steinbeck, East Of Eden (via crossfirehurricane)

Let me see the charm,” I asked.
“It’s words,” he said. “It’s a word charm.”
“Can you say them to me?”
“Sure,” he said and he droned, “In nomine Patris et Fillii et Spiritus Sancti.”
“What does it mean?” I asked
He raised his shoulders. “I don’t know,” he said. “It’s a charm against evil spirits so I’m not afraid of them.

John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley (via mrpoposbitch)

All manner of people grew interested in Kino—people with things to sell and people with favors to ask. Kino had found the Pearl of the World. The essence of pearl mixed with essence of men and a curious dark residue was precipitated. Every man suddenly became related to Kino’s pearl, and Kino’s pearl went into the dreams, the speculations, the schemes, the plans, the futures, the wishes, the needs, the lusts, the hungers, of everyone, and only one person stood in the way and that was Kino, so that he became curiously every man’s enemy. The news stirred up something infinitely black and evil in the town; the black distillate was like the scorpion, or like hunger in the smell of food, or like loneliness when love is withheld. The poison sacs of the town began to manufacture venom, and the town swelled and puffed with the pressure of it.

John Steinbeck, The Pearl (via speakmnemosyne)

We have only one story. All novels, all poetry, are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil. And it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue is immortal. Vice has always a fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is.

John Steinbeck, East of Eden (via everythingscomingupmilhouse)

We have only one story. All novels, all poetry are built on the neverending contest in ourselves of good and evil. And it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immortal. Vice always has a new fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is.

John Steinbeck (via thebrightidea)

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