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The Winter Of Our Discontent

It’s cold and windy, a real blizzard out there. You know how I like pairing photos with words, so here is a little tribute to “The Winter of Our Discontent” by John Steinbeck.  

“It was a day as different from other days as dogs are from cats and both of them from chrysanthemums or tidal waves or scarlet fever.”

“It was a day as different from other days as dogs are from cats and both of them from chrysanthemums or tidal waves or scarlet fever.”

“We can shoot rockets into space but we can't cure anger or discontent. ”

“We can shoot rockets into space but we can’t cure anger or discontent. ”

“To be alive at all is to have scars. ”

“To be alive at all is to have scars. ”

“No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.”

“No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.”

“It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”

“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”

“For the most part people are not curious except about themselves.”

“For the most part people are not curious except about themselves.”

“Failure is a state of mind. It's like one of those sand traps an ant lion digs. You keep sliding back. Takes one hell of a jump to get out of it.”

“Failure is a state of mind. It’s like one of those sand traps an ant lion digs. You keep sliding back. Takes one hell of a jump to get out of it.”

“There's an awful lot of inactive kindness which is nothing but laziness, not wanting any trouble, confusion, or effort.”

“There’s an awful lot of inactive kindness which is nothing but laziness, not wanting any trouble, confusion, or effort.”

“There's something desirable about anything you're used to as opposed to something you're not.”

“There’s something desirable about anything you’re used to as opposed to something you’re not.”

"So many old and lovely things are stored in the world's attic, because we don't want them around us and we don't dare throw them out.”

“So many old and lovely things are stored in the world’s attic, because we don’t want them around us and we don’t dare throw them out.”

“A day, a livelong day, is not one thing but many.”

“A day, a livelong day, is not one thing but many.”

“Bring new eyes to a world even new lenses and presto, new world.”

“Bring new eyes to a world even new lenses and presto, new world.”

“You know how advice is - you only want it if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyways.”

“You know how advice is – you only want it if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyways.”

“I guess I'm trying to say, Grab anything that goes by. It may not come around again.”

“I guess I’m trying to say, Grab anything that goes by. It may not come around again.”

“People who are most afraid of their dreams convince themselves they don't dream at all.”

“People who are most afraid of their dreams convince themselves they don’t dream at all.”

“When a condition or a problem becomes too great, humans have the protection of not thinking about it. But it goes inward and minces up with a lot of other things already there and what comes out is discontent and uneasiness, guilt and a compulsion to get something--anything--before it is all gone.”

“When a condition or a problem becomes too great, humans have the protection of not thinking about it. But it goes inward and minces up with a lot of other things already there and what comes out is discontent and uneasiness, guilt and a compulsion to get something–anything–before it is all gone.”

“He saw something that makes a man doubtful of the constancy of the realities outside himself. It was the shocking discovery that makes a man wonder if I've missed this, what else have I failed to see?”

“He saw something that makes a man doubtful of the constancy of the realities outside himself. It was the shocking discovery that makes a man wonder if I’ve missed this, what else have I failed to see?”

“I know three things will never be believed - the true, the probable, and the logical”

“I know three things will never be believed – the true, the probable, and the logical”

“I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen.”

“I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen.”

“Farewell has a sweet sound of reluctance. Good-by is short and final, a word with teeth sharp to bite through the string that ties past to the future.”

“Farewell has a sweet sound of reluctance. Good-by is short and final, a word with teeth sharp to bite through the string that ties past to the future.”

“...intentions, good or bad, are not enough. There's luck or fate or something else that takes over...”

“…intentions, good or bad, are not enough. There’s luck or fate or something else that takes over…”

“A man who tells secrets or stories must think of who is hearing or reading, for a story has as many versions as it has readers. Everyone takes what he wants or can from it and thus changes it to his measure. Some pick out parts and reject the rest, some strain the story through their mesh of prejudice, some paint it with their own delight. A story must have some points of contact with the reader to make him feel at home in it. Only then can he accept wonders.”

“A man who tells secrets or stories must think of who is hearing or reading, for a story has as many versions as it has readers. Everyone takes what he wants or can from it and thus changes it to his measure. Some pick out parts and reject the rest, some strain the story through their mesh of prejudice, some paint it with their own delight. A story must have some points of contact with the reader to make him feel at home in it. Only then can he accept wonders.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Slava

I am a twenty-something Bulgarian girl in the USA, re-discovering the world through the lens.

Discussion

4 Responses to “The Winter Of Our Discontent”

  1. They are all so beautiful, but I especially love the river photos!

    Posted by Dede | January 5, 2014, 5:12 pm
  2. Beautiful – Thanks for braving the weather to bring us such amazing photos!

    Posted by Bridgette Epple | January 6, 2014, 10:05 am
  3. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr 🙂

    Posted by Janie | January 7, 2014, 4:07 pm

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