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East of Eden by John Steinbeck
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#10

 

An unbelieved truth can hurt a man much more than a lie. It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times. There's a punishment for it, and it's usually crucifixion.

JOHN STEINBECK, East of Eden

 
#9
 

Do you take pride in your hurt? Does it make you seem large and tragic?... Well, think about it. Maybe you're playing a part on a great stage with only yourself as audience.

JOHN STEINBECK, East of Eden

 
#8
 

Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.

JOHN STEINBECK, East of Eden

 
#7
 

It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them.

JOHN STEINBECK, East of Eden

 
#6
 

I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one.... Humans are caught -- in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too—in a net of good and evil... There is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well -- or ill?

JOHN STEINBECK, East of Eden

 
#5
 

What freedom men and women could have, were they not constantly tricked and trapped and enslaved and tortured by their sexuality! The only drawback in that freedom is that without it one would not be a human. One would be a monster.

JOHN STEINBECK, East of Eden

 
#4
 

Just as there are physical monsters, can there not be mental or psychic monsters born? The face and body may be perfect, but if a twisted gene or malformed egg can produce physical monsters, may not the same process produce a malformed soul?

JOHN STEINBECK, East of Eden

 
#3
 

No one who is young is ever going to be old.

JOHN STEINBECK, East of Eden

 
#2
 

There is one sure thing about the fall of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter.

JOHN STEINBECK, East of Eden

 
#1
 

Sometimes a kind of glory lights up the mind of a man. It happens to nearly everyone. You can feel it growing or preparing like a fuse burning toward dynamite. It is a feeling in the stomach, a delight of the nerves, of the forearms. The skin tastes the air, and every deep-drawn breath is sweet. Its beginning has the pleasure of a great stretching yawn; it flashes in the brain and the whole world glows outside your eyes. A man may have lived all his life in the gray, and the land and trees of him dark and somber. The events, even the important ones, may have trooped by faceless and pale. And then — the glory — so that a cricket song sweetens the ears, the smell of the earth rises chanting to his nose, and dappling light under a tree blesses his eyes. Then a man pours outward, a torrent of him, and yet he is not diminished.

JOHN STEINBECK, East of Eden

 
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