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The free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. ~John Steinbeck

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“The free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.” -- John Steinbeck
8:47 PM May 16 2015

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The free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.  ~John Steinbeck

Wow!  What ground is that from?  Anyway, I love this quote!  Thanks!

It's from Jack Kerouac Alley in North Beach, San Francisco:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/3920544785/

Description:

Jack Kerouac Alley, formerly known as Adler Alley or Adler Place, is a common alley shared by City Lights Bookstore and Vesuvio connecting Columbus Street to Grant Street between Broadway and Pacific Street. Following a pedestrian-only conversion and redesign by landscape architect Jasmine Kaw, the 60-plus foot long passageway was rededicated in honor of the Beat Generation author in 2007. It was repaved with granite blocks, widened and adorned with decorative streetlights. Symbolically connecting Chinatown and North Beach, the alley is inlaid with stone and metal plaques inscribed with poetry--Chinese poems by Li Po and Confucious on the western end, and Western poems by John Steinbeck, Maya Angelou, and Kerouac himself on the eastern end.

You might also enjoy this article from brain pickings:

http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/02/27/steinbeck-east-of-eden-meaning-of-life/

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