portrait of John Steinbeck
Photo by Philippe Halsman, ca. 1955

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Quotes of the Day for 27 February 2004 – John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck was born at Salinas, California on this day in 1902. After graduation from high school in 1920 he entered Stanford, apparently the free tuition was a factor, and studied marine biology. In five years he failed to graduate, and went to New York City to work as a reporter. He was soon fired, and laid bricks to pay for his trip home. In hope of emulating Jack London, Steinbeck tried to get work on a merchant vessel but ended up working a long string of manual jobs in California before starting to write seriously. During the '30s he wrote ten novels, including In Dubious Battle, Of Mice and Men, and The Grapes of Wrath. He won the Pulitzer in 1940 and a Nobel in 1962.

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The quotes:

A boy gets to be a man when a man is needed.

Man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.

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.

I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.

I had been practicing for the Depression a long time. I wasn't involved with loss. I didn't have money to lose, but in common with millions I did dislike hunger and cold.

There is no lostness like that which comes to a man when a perfect and certain pattern has dissolved about him.
     - All from John Steinbeck, 1902 - 1968

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