25+ Best Grapes of Wrath Quotes: Exclusive Selection

The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck and published in 1939. The book won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and it was cited prominently when Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962. Profoundly inspirational Grapes of Wrath quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Grapes of Wrath Quotes

How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past? — John Steinbeck

And since, when a joyful thing happened, they looked to see whether joy was on her, it was her habit to build up laughter out of inadequate materials. — John Steinbeck

Death was a friend, and sleep was death’s brother. — John Steinbeck

I nearly always write just as I nearly always breathe. — John Steinbeck

Her hazel eyes seemed to have experienced all possible tragedy and to have mounted pain and suffering like steps into a high calm and a superhuman understanding. — John Steinbeck

Our people are good people; our people are kind people. Pray God some day kind people won’t all be poor. — John Steinbeck

A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east. — John Steinbeck

If he needs a million acres to make him feel rich, seems to me he needs it ‘cause he feels awful poor inside hisself, and if he’s poor in hisself, there ain’t no million acres gonna make him feel rich, an’ maybe he’s disappointed that nothin’ he can do ‘ll make him feel rich. — John Steinbeck

I’m gettin’ tired way past where sleep rests me. — John Steinbeck

There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do. — John Steinbeck

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

The clouds appeared and went away, and in a while they did not try anymore. — John Steinbeck

I’m scared of stuff so nice. I ain’t got faith. I’m scared somepin ain’t so nice about it. — John Steinbeck

The last clear definite function of man—muscles aching to work, minds aching to create . . . — John Steinbeck

But better than joy was calm. Imperturbability could be depended upon. — John Steinbeck

She seemed to know, to accept, to welcome her position, the citadel of the family, the strong place that could not be taken. And since Tom and the children could not know hurt or fear unless she acknowledged hurt and fear, she has practiced denying them in herself. — John Steinbeck

They’s times when how you feel got to be kep’ to yourself. — John Steinbeck

She seemed to know that if she swayed the family shook, and if she ever really deeply wavered or despaired the family would fall, the family will to function would be gone. — John Steinbeck

I’m jus’ pain covered with skin. — John Steinbeck

And her joy was nearly like sorrow. — John Steinbeck

She seemed to know, to accept, to welcome her position, the citadel of the family, the strong place that could not be taken. — John Steinbeck

Up ahead they’s a thousan’ lives we might live, but when it comes it’ll on’y be one. — John Steinbeck

And from her great and humble position in the family she had taken dignity and a clean calm beauty. From her position as healer, her hands had grown sure and cool and quiet; from her position as arbiter she had become as remote and faultless in judgment as a goddess. She seemed to know that if she swayed the family shook, and if she ever really deeply wavered or despaired the family would fall, the family will to function would be gone. — John Steinbeck

If you’re in trouble or hurt or need–go to poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help–the only ones. — John Steinbeck

You’re bound to get idears if you go thinkin’ about stuff. — John Steinbeck

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