"And this I must fight against:
any idea, religion or government
which limits or destroys the individual.
This is what I am and what I am about.
I can understand why a system built on a
pattern must try to destroy the free mind,
for this is the one thing which can
by inspection destroy such a system."
John Steinbeck
(1902-1968) Author, Nobel laureate
East of Eden, 1952
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Reader comments about this quote:
 -- Bill crapass, moms house     
    I loved this quote so much. I made it a permenant part of my email signature.
     -- Elce, Chicago     
    To limit the individual is to stifle innovation.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Individualism is mankinds greatest aspect.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    To create innovation, free the individual that rests beneath the surface of of every single human being.
     -- Anon     
     -- jim k, Austin      
    Once the mind has expanded, it never returns to its original size...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    It's nice to have friends and live in society, as long as we can preserve our individualism, which was gift from Nature.
     -- Elisabeth, Astoria, NY     
    That is why we have a "free press", and propagandized television to stifle the mind and keep it from knowing realizing the "pattern to destroy the free mind". Too bad so few people refuse to look and see critically, else they would learn what is going on. Analytical minds are scary cause people might call one an anarchist, or "belligerent" or "conspiracy nut".
     -- Judith, New Mexico     
    And it will... Archer, I must disagree as present conditions prove.
     -- RBESRQ     
    All thoughts have been thought before?
     -- Bette, Newport     
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