Cannery Row

Steinbeck, John

Viking, 1945

p. 145

“’It has always seemed strange to me,’” said Doc, ‘that the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding, and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest: sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism, and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first, they love the produce of the second.’”