1. "He developed
a love for poor people he could not have conceived if he had not been poor
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Adam roams the
American West after his army enlistment and gains insights
2. "I guess if a
man had go shuck off everything he had, inside and out, he'd
manage to hide a
few little sins somewhere for his discomfort.ï¿½ They're the
we'll give up."
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Samuel says this
after Adam confesses to feeling guilty over his rich
California farm but he might be in error since
Adam's fortune, after all, was
amassed by his
father who lied about is military career to get his highly
3. "I believe
there are monsters born in the world to human parents. . . . The
face and body
may be perfect, but if a twisted gene or a malformed egg can
monsters, may not the same process produce a malformed soul?"
remarks on the existence of evil in the world before applying the
"monster" to Cathy.
4. "No one who
is young is ever going to be old."
describes prostitutes as lazy, stupid, irresponsible and blind to
future when they
will lose their physical attributes.
5. "And this I
believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human
is the most
valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the
freedom of the
mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected."
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states his views of the individual creative mind and how it
should never be
controlled by any group intent on socialization and conditioning.
6. "Some men are
friends with the whole world in their hearts, and there are
others that hate
themselves and spread their hatred around like butter on hot
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statement to Louis Lippo's statement that it would be difficult to
kill a man you
didn't know and didn't hate.
7. "In human
affairs of danger and delicacy successful conclusion is sharply
hurry.ï¿½ So often, men trip by being in a rush. If one were properly
to perform a
difficult and subtle act, he should first inspect the end to be
then, once he had accepted the end as desirable, he should forget it completely
and concentrate solely on the means.ï¿½ By this method he would not be moved by
false action by anxiety or hurry or fear.ï¿½ Very few people learn this."
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about Kate (Cathy) who never hurries but waits
unperturbed, for opportunities to achieve and complete her evil
8. "There are
techniques of the human mind whereby, in its dark deep, problems are examined,
rejected or accepted. Such activities sometimes concern facets a man does not
know he had.ï¿½ How often one goes to sleep troubled and full of pain, not
knowing what causes the travail, and in the morning a whole new direction and
clearness is there, maybe the result of the black reasoning. And again there
mornings when ecstasy bubbles in the
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On the train
back from Samuel's funeral Adam sits in meditation.ï¿½ Steinbeck believed deeply
in the power of the individual mind and here describes its power.
9. "Perhaps the
best conversationalist in the world is the man who helps others to talk."
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Adam, Lee and
Will Hamilton remember their friend and father, Samuel Hamilton, and sing his
praises. Samuel considers Adam to be a man "better than he was."
10.ï¿½ "War. [is]
a reversal of the rules where a man is permitted to kill all the humans he
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When Adam takes
the job on the draft board during World War I, he reflects
back upon his
own war experiences and how much he detested it.