cannery row quotes

It has always seemed strange to me… The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.
—  John Steinbeck, Cannery Row
It’s all fine to say, ‘Time will heal everything, this too shall pass away. People will forget’ - and things like that when you are not involved, but when you are there is no passage of time, people do not forget and you are in the middle of something that does not change.
—  Cannery Row - John Steinbeck