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Tom Joad

"’What the hell you want to lead 'em someplace for? Jus' lead 'em.’"

"’Maybe all men got one big soul ever'body's a part of.’”

“’I’ll be ever’where – wherever you look. Wherever they’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever they’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there.’”


Ma Joad

"’I never had my house pushed over,’ she said. ‘I never had my fambly stuck out on the road. I never had to sell – ever'thing’”

“She walked for the family and held her head straight for the family.”

"’Use' ta be the family was fust. It ain't so now. It's anybody.’"

"’I'm learning one thing good,’ she said. ‘Learnin' it all the time, ever' day. If you're in trouble or hurt or need – go to poor people. They're the only ones that'll help – the only ones.’"


Pa Joad

"’We ain't a gonna do it [leave]. We got almost a kin bond. Grampa, he died in your tent.’"

“’No. If he [Connie] aint no good, we don’ want him.’”

“’Maybe we better wait an’ all go together.’”


Jim Casy

"’If he needs a million acres to make him feel rich, seems to me he needs it 'cause he feels awful poor inside hisself, and if he's poor in hisself, there ain't no million acres gonna make him feel rich.’"

"’I figgered there just wasn't no hope for me, an' I was a damned ol' hypocrite. But I didn't mean to be.’"


Rose of Sharon

"’Maybe right at first while Connie's studyin' at home it won't be so easy, but – well, when the baby comes, maybe he'll be all done studyin' an' we'll have a place, little bit of a place.’"

“She looked up and across the barn, and her lips came together and smiled mysteriously.”


Intercalary Chapters

“Having stepped forward, he may slip back, but only half a step, never the full step back.”

“In the evening a strange thing happened: the twenty families became one family, the children were the children of all. The loss of home became one loss, and the golden time in the West was one dream.”

To the tractor driver: "’That's right,’ the tenant said. ‘But for your three dollars a day fifteen or twenty families can't eat at all. Nearly a hundred people have to go out and wander on the roads for your three dollars a day. Is that right?’”

“Where does the courage come from? Where does the terrible faith come from?”