The Winter of Our Discontent (1961) by John Steinbeck
- "I'm sorry," Ethan said. "You have taught me something -- maybe three things, rabbit footling mine. Three things will never be believed -- the true, the probable, and the logical. I know now where to get the money to start my fortune."
- It is strange how a man believes he can think better in a special place. I have such a place, have always had it, but I know it isn't thinking I do there, but feeling and experiencing and remembering. It's a safety place -- everyone must have one, although I never heard a man tell of it.
- They successfully combined piracy and puritanism, which aren't so unlike when you come right down to it. Both had a strong dislike for opposition and both had a roving eye for other people's property.
- No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.
- Does anyone ever know even the outer fringe of another? What are you like in there? Mary -- do you hear? Who are you in there?
- A man who tells secrets or stories must think of who is hearing or reading, for a story has as many versions as it has readers.
- To be alive at all is to have scars.
- There's something desirable about anything you're used to as opposed to something you're not."
- All men are moral. Only their neighbors are not.
- Maybe not having time to think is not having the wish to think.
- Strength and success— they are above morality, above criticism. It seems then, that it is not what you do, but how you do it and what you call it.
- Not only the brave get killed, but the brave have a better chance of it.
- Good God, what a mess of draggle-tail impulses a man is -- and a woman too, I guess.