The Winter of Our Discontent

Steinbeck, John

Bantam, 1962

p. 201

“To most of the world success is never bad. When Hitler moved unchecked and triumphant, many honorable men sought and found virtue in him. And Mussolini made the trains run on time, and Vichy collaborated for the good of France, and whatever else Stalin was, he was strong. Strength and success—they are above morality, above criticism. It seems, then, that it is not what you do, but how you do it and what you call it. Is there a check in men, deep in them, that stops or punishes. There doesn’t seem to be. The only punishment is for failure. In effect no crime is committed unless a criminal is caught.”