Sunday, December 18, 2011
What I'm Reading: East of Eden by John Steinbeck
I also read what I think is my favorite quote in the whole book today (there are SO many) and thought I'd share it with you:
"In uncertainty I am certain that underneath their topmost layers of frailty men want to be good and want to be loved. Indeed, most of their vices are attempted short cuts to love. When a man comes to die, no matter what his talents and influence and genius, if he dies unloved his life must be a failure to him and his dying a cold horror. It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try to so live that our death brings no pleasure to the world.
We have only one story. All novels, all poetry, are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil. And it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immortal. Vice has always a new fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is."
I love this book so much. It's always exploring the dichotomy of good and evil in people, never judging, just stating how things are. Reading this book feels like talking with a friend. It feels like I am known.