a picture's worth

mural painting on beach in Monterey, California
mural painting on beach in Monterey, California

[Cannery Row's] inhabitants are, as the man once said, 'whores, pimps, gamblers, and sons of bitches,' by which he meant everybody. Had the man looked through another peephole he might have said, 'saints and angels and martyrs and holy men,' and he would have meant the same thing.
John Steinbeck, Cannery Row