Quotes from the Movie East of Eden

"When you know a friend is there you do not go to see him. Then he's gone and you blast your conscience to shreds that you did not see him."

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"Maybe you're playing a part on a great stage with only yourself as audience."

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"It was not laziness if he was a rich man. Only the poor were lazy. Just as only the poor were ignorant. A rich man who didn't know anything was spoiled or independent."

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"Yes, memory. Without that, time would be unarmed against us."

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"Perhaps she wasn't even pretty, but she had the glow that makes men follow a woman in the hope of reflecting a little of it."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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 so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world."

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"There's nothing sadder to me than associations held together by nothing but the glue of postage stamps. If you can't see or hear or touch a man, it's best to let him go."

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"I am imcomparably, incredibly, overwhelmingly glad to be home. I've never been so goddam lonesome in my life."

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"He said there couldn't be any more universal philosophers. The weight of knowledge is too great for one mind to absorb. He saw a time when one man would know only one little fragment, but he would know it well."

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"Maybe the knowledge is too great and maybe men are growing too small. Maybe, kneeling down to atoms, they're becoming atom-sized in their souls. Maybe a specialist is only a coward, afraid to look out of his little cage. And think what any specialist missesóthe whole world over his fence."

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"But with a few exceptions people don't want money. They want luxury and they want love and they want admiration."

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"Every man has a retirement picture in which he does those things he never had time to do--makes journeys, reads the neglected books he always pretended to have read."

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"Where is he?" "How do I know?" said Cal. "Am I supposed to look after him?"

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