John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American author of 27 books, including 16 novels, six non-fiction books, and two collections of short stories. The Pulitzer Prize-winning The Grapes of Wrath (1939) is considered Steinbeck's masterpiece and part of the American literary canon.
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It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world.
Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.
If you're in trouble or hurt or need - go to the poor people. They're the only ones that'll help - the only ones.
I have owed you this letter for a very long time-but my fingers have avoided the pencil as though it were an old and poisoned tool.
I've lived in good climate and it bores the hell out of me. I like weather rather than climate.
So in our pride we ordered for breakfast an omelet toast and coffee, and what has just arrived is a tomato salad with onions, a dish of pickles, a big slice of watermelon, and two bottles of cream soda.
No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.
In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy growing heavy for the vintage.