Posts tagged john steinbeck.
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.
You’ll have to work it out yourself. What’s good for one is bad for another, and you won’t know till after.
I am incomparably, incredibly, overwhelmingly glad to be home. I’ve never been so goddamn lonesome in my life.
John Steinbeck, East of Eden (via wikiquote)
I know that sometimes a lie is used in kindness. I don’t believe it ever works kindly. The quick pain of truth can pass away, but the slow, eating agony of a lie is never lost.
I have often thought that perhaps formal good manners may be a cushion against heartbreak.
I’m just tryin’ to get along without shovin’ nobody around.
Believe me, I have nothing against fairy tales. God knows I’ve written enough of them. My point is that no fairy tale is acceptable unless it is based on some truth about something. You can make it as light and airy and full of whimsy as you wish but down underneath there has to be a true thing.
You see only one side, and you think—more than that, you’re sure—that’s all there is.
But there are others who go down, submerge in the common slough, and then rise more themselves than they were, because—because they have lost a littleness of vanity and have gained all the gold of the company and the regiment. If you can go down so low, you will be able to rise higher than you can conceive, and you will know a holy joy, a companionship almost like that of a heavenly company of angels.