A feeling in the stomach, a delight of the nerves, of the forearms. The skin tastes the air…

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Sometimes a kind of glory lights up the mind of a man. It happens to nearly everyone. You can feel it growing or preparing like a fuse burning toward dynamite. It is a feeling in the stomach, a delight of the nerves, of the forearms. The skin tastes the air, and every deep-drawn breath is sweet. Its beginning has the pleasure of a great stretching yawn; it flashes in the brain and the whole world glows outside your eyes. A man may have lived all of his life in the gray, and the land and trees of him dark and somber. The events, even the important ones, may have trooped by faceless and pale. And then — the glory — so that a cricket song sweetens his ears, the smell of the earth rises chanting to his nose, and dappling light under a tree blesses his eyes. Then a man pours outward, a torrent of him, and yet he is not diminished. And I guess a man’s importance in the world can be measured by the quality and number of his glories. It is a lonely thing but it relates us to the world. It is the mother of all creativeness, and it sets each man separate from all other men.

~ John Steinbeck, East of Eden


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  1. No argument from here – fantastic author, awesome book and the kind of quote that gives you chills..

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  2. And that passage, is why I’m such a fan of Steinbeck…..

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  3. Damn, but that man can write! Gives me goosebumps!

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  4. I read that book so long ago I can’t remember a thing about it, except that I enjoyed reading it.

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  5. Another, ‘must read this at least seven times..’

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  6. Reblogged this on THE STRATEGIC LEARNER.

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  7. The photo is gorgeous! It looks like billowing smoke from a fire in the background. And, beautiful quote. I haven’t read East of Eden.

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  8. And I guess a man’s importance in the world can be measured by the quality and number of his glories – yes.

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  9. Wonderful quote and great writer…and, David, perfect photo to go along with it. I love seeing your choice of photos to go along with the words you post…always so perfect. Well, except maybe for the creepy photos. :-)

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  10. There is something timeless in writers like Steinbeck-evocative photo pairing with with passage. Thanks for the reminder, that I need to re-read that book! :)

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  11. Wonderful! I love John Steinbeck, such an excellent writer! :)

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