21 The Log from the Sea of Cortez Quotes by John Steinbeck

“The Log from the Sea of Cortez” is a non-fiction book by John Steinbeck that tells the story of his trip to the Gulf of California with Ed Ricketts.

The book combines Steinbeck’s reworked journals with Ricketts’ species catalog.

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Let’s jump into the famous quotes from The Log from the Sea of Cortez novel by John Steinbeck.


The Log from the Sea of Cortez Quotes

“To most men the most hateful statement possible is, “A thing is because it is.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

“There would come a time in our poverty when we needed a party.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

“The design of a book is the pattern of a reality controlled and shaped by the mind of a writer.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

“We have made our mark on the world, but we have really done nothing that the trees and creeping plants, ice and erosion, cannot remove in a fairly short time.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

“One who was born by the ocean or has associated with it cannot ever be quite content away from it for very long.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

“Successful law is simply the publication of the practice of the majority of units of a society, and by it the inevitable variable units are either driven to conform or are eliminated. We have had many examples of law trying to be the well-spring of action; our prohibition law showed how completely fallacious that theory is.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

“It has seemed sometimes that the little men in scientific work assumed the awe-fullness of a priesthood to hide their deficiencies, as the witch-doctor does with his stilts and high masks, as the priesthoods of all cults have, with secret or unfamiliar languages and symbols. It is usually found that only the little stuffy men object to what is called “popularization,” by which they mean writing with a clarity understandable to one not familiar with the tricks and codes of the cult.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

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Quotes from The Log from the Sea of Cortez

“Possibly the deep feeling is that if people learn to eat one another the food supply would be so generous and so available that no one would be either safe or hungry.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

“The compass simply represents the ideal, present but unachievable, and sight-steering a compromise with perfection which allows your boat to exist at all.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

“For if ever any man were deeply and unconsciously sure that his future would be no better than his past, he might deeply wish to cease to live.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

“For the paradoxes are becoming so great that leaders of people must be less and less intelligent to stand their own leadership.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

“Men really do need sea-monsters in their personal oceans.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

“We have never understood why men mount the heads of animals and hang them up to look down on their conquerors. Possibly it feels good to these men to be superior to animals, but it does seem that if they were sure of it they would not have to prove it.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

Best The Log from the Sea of Cortez Quotes

“And so to the crawling minds Stella Polaris must have been like a very goddess of constancy, a star to love and trust.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

“Let me absorb this thing. Let me try to understand it without private barriers. When I have understood what you are saying, only then will I subject it to my own scrutiny and my own criticism” This is the finest of all critical approaches and the rarest.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

“Ideas are not dangerous unless they find seeding place in some earth more profound than the mind.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

“It would be good to live in a perpetual state of leave-taking, never to go nor to stay, but to remain suspended in that golden emotion of love and longing; to be loved without satiety.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

“The moment or hour of leave-taking is one of the pleasantest times in human experience, for it has in it a warm sadness without loss.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

Famous Log from the Sea of Cortez Quotes

“It would be good to live in a perpetual state of leave-taking, never to go nor to stay, but to remain suspended in that golden emotion of love and longing; to be missed without being gone; to be loved without satiety. How beautiful one is and how desirable; for in a few moments one will have ceased to exist.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

“It is good to know what you are doing. The man with his pickled fish has set down one truth and has recorded in his experience many lies. The fish is not that color, that texture, that dead, nor does he smell that way.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).

“If then this tendency toward collectivization is a mutation there is no reason to suppose it is for the better. It is a rule in paleontology that ornamentation and complication precede extinction. And our mutation, of which the assembly line, the collective farm, the mechanized army, and the mass production of food are evidences or even symptoms, might well correspond to the thickening armor of the great reptiles—a tendency that can end only in extinction.” ~ John Steinbeck (quote from The Log from the Sea of Cortez).


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