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'The Pearl' Quotes


The Pearl - John Steinbeck

The Pearl - John Steinbeck

Study Guide The Pearl is a novel by John Steinbeck. What happens when a young diver finds a pearl of extraordinary beauty (and value)--particularly when he lives in such an impoverished state? Be careful what you wish for--the old saying certainly applies here. In the end, what does the pearl bring him besides heartache and sorrow? Here are a few quotes from The Pearl.

  • "And, as with all retold tales that are in people's hearts, there are only good and bad things and black and white things and good and evil things and no in-between. If this story is a parable, perhaps everyone takes his own meaning from it and reads his own life into it."
    - John Steinbeck, The Pearl, Prologue

  • "Sometimes it rose to an aching chord that caught the throat, saying this is safety, this is warmth, this is the Whole."
    - John Steinbeck, The Pearl, Chapter 1

  • "But the pearls were accidents, and the finding of one was luck, a little pat on the back by God or the gods both."
    - John Steinbeck, The Pearl, Chapter 2

  • "there were more illusions than realities."
    - John Steinbeck, The Pearl, Chapter 2

  • "A plan is a real thing, and things projected are experienced. A plan once made and visualized becomes a reality along with other realities--never to be destroyed but easily to be attacked."
    - John Steinbeck, The Pearl, Chapter 3

  • "For his dream of the future was real and never to be destroyed, and he had said, 'I will go,' and that made a real thing too. To determine to go and to say it was to be halfway there."
    - John Steinbeck, The Pearl, Chapter 4

  • "This pearl has become my soul... If I give it up, I shall lose my soul."
    - John Steinbeck, The Pearl, Chapter 5

  • "And then Kino's brain cleared from its red concentration and he knew the sound--the keening, moaning, rising hysterical cry from the little cave in the side of the stone mountain, the cry of death."
    - John Steinbeck, The Pearl, Chapter 6

  • "removed from human experience; that they had gone through pain and had come out on the other side; that there was almost a magical protection about them."
    - John Steinbeck, The Pearl, Chapter 6

  • "And the music of the pearl drifted to a whisper and disappeared."
    - John Steinbeck, The Pearl, Chapter 6

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