This month’s writer’s quote comes from the great social novelist, John Steinbeck, probably best known for his 1939 Dust Bowl story, The Grapes of Wrath.

“To write you need a blend of faith and arrogance.”

“Although sometimes I have felt that I held fire in my hands and spread a page with shining, I have never lost the weight of clumsiness, of ignorance, of aching inability.”

“The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.”

“Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.”

“Over the years I have written a great many stories and I still don’t know how to go about it except to write and take my chances.”

Steinbeck’s extraordinary work includes Tortilla Flat, Of Mice and Men, East of Eden, and Travels with Charley. He died in New York City in 1968.

  1. Dan Beeaff says:

    Good words to follow!

    Sent from my iPad



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