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The Quotable Grapes of Wrath

I know I should be past The Grapes of Wrath now. I’ve reviewed it. I’ve previewed Atonement. And it’s time to move on.

But, today, I’ve got one more post.

While writing my review for The Grapes of Wrath, I was struck by how many quotable passages the book has. I’ve shared many of them with you throughout all of my posts about this novel.

Today, I thought I’d put them all in one easy to find place. If you ever need an insightful quote to put on Facebook or Twitter, then Steinbeck is your guy.

Here’s a sampling from The Grapes of Wrath:

“You’re bound to get idears if you go thinkin’ about stuff.”

“The quality of owning freezes you forever in “I,” and cuts you off forever from the “we.”

“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.”

“How can you frighten a man whose hunger is not only in his own cramped stomach but in the wretched bellies of his children? You can’t scare him–he has known a fear beyond every other.”

“The bank is something else than men. It happens that every man in a bank hates what the bank does, and yet the bank does it. The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It’s the monster. Men made it, but they can’t control it.”

“Repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.”

“And this you can know- fear the time when Manself will not suffer and die for a concept, for this one quality is man, distinctive in the universe.”

“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.”

“You got a God. Don’t make no difference if you don’ know what he looks like.”

“The clouds appeared and went away, and in a while they did not try anymore.”

“There is little difference between this tractor and a tank.”

That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The Grapes of Wrath is filled with zinger quotes. Such a great book.

So I officially move on now. Hope you’ve enjoyed all of the posts about The Grapes of Wrath. Back to Atonement tomorrow.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Tyler #

    I love the quote about the bank. Great stuff.


    September 4, 2012
  2. There were a bunch of great quotes about being drunk. Weird thing to remember, but there was one scene where one of the men is nearly passed out drunk and the way it’s described is just so on the nose, so beautiful, and so devastating.

    THIS is why I regret reading library books most of the time… can’t find the darn quote online!


    September 5, 2012
  3. Based on your recommendation, I also finally read “Grapes of Wrath”. What a powerful book!
    For the fans, I have a few more quotes in my review:


    September 22, 2012
  4. Reblogged this on lefterandreea71 and commented:
    it”s time to have yor Books


    March 14, 2013

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