Quotation by John Steinbeck

A book is like a man—clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun.
John Steinbeck (1902–1968), U.S. author. "On Publishing," Writers at Work, Fourth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1977).
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