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"...everything in the world must have design or the human mind rejects it. But in addition it must have purpose or the human conscience shies away from it."  (John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley)

"A kind of second childhood falls on so many men. They trade their violence for the promise of a small increase of life span."  (John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley)

"A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ."  (John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley)

"Again it might have been the American tendency in travel. One goes, not to much to see but to tell afterward."  (John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley)

"And I am sure that, as all pendulums reverse their swing, so eventually will the swollen cities rupture like dehiscent wombs and disperse their children back to the countryside. This prophecy is underwritten by the tendency of the rich to do this already. Where the rich lead, the poor will follow, or try to."  (John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley)

"For how can one know color in perpetual green, and what good is warmth without cold to give it sweetness?"  (John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley)

"I am happy to report that in the war between reality and romance, reality is not the stronger."  (John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley)

"I don't believe anyone is a nothing. There has to be something inside, if only to keep the skin from collapsing. This vacant eye, listless hand, this damask cheek dusted like a doughnut with plastic powder, had to have a memory or a dream."  (John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley)

"I had seen so many begin to pack their lives in cotton woool, smother their impulses, hood their passions, and gradually retire from their manhood into a kind of spiritual and physical semi-invalidism. In this they are encouraged by wives and relatives, and it's such a sweet trap."  (John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley)

"I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping, worked too hard and too long in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I've lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made love with joy and taken my hangovers as a consequence, not as a punishment."  (John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley)

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