Quotes by Doris Lessing

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Doris Lessing, CH, OBE (born October 22, 1919), is a British writer, born Doris May Taylor in Kermanshah, Persia (Iran).

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Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel.

What's terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is first-rate, that you don't need love when you do or that you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better.
What is a hero without love for mankind.
A simple grateful thought turned heavenwards is the most perfect prayer.
In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.
Borrowing is not much better than begging; just as lending with interest is not much better than stealing.
The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.
Met een bibliotheek ben je vrij en niet beperkt door tijdelijke politieke klimaten. Het is de meest democratische van alle instituten want niemand, absoluut niemand, kan u zeggen wat u moet lezen en wanneer en hoe.
Literature is analysis after the event.
Political correctness is the natural continuum from the party line. What we are seeing once again is a self-appointed group of vigilantes imposing their views on others. It is a heritage of communism, but they don't seem to see this.
It is the mark of great people to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important.
Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.
It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.
The worst superstition is to consider our own tolerable.
That's what learning is. You suddenly understand something you understood all your life, but in a new way.
Laughter is by definition healthy.
Man who is he? Too bad, to be the work of God: Too good for the work of chance!
Some people obtain fame, others deserve it.
This world is run by people who know how to do things. They know how things work. They are equipped. Up there, there's a layer of people who run everything. But we --we're just peasants. We don't understand what's going on, and we can't do anything.
And what authority even the creases in a suit can convey.
Better Counsel comes overnight.
If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.
Er zijn geen wetmatigheden voor de roman. Er zijn er nooit geweest en er zullen er nooit zijn
Literatuur is de analyse na een gebeurtenis
Ik weet niet veel over cursussen creatief schrijven. Maar ze vertellen de waarheid niet als er niet geleerd wordt dat schrijven hard werk is en dat je een groot deel van je (persoonlijk) leven moet opgeven om een schrijver te zijn
Oh cat; I’d say, or pray: be-ooootiful cat! Delicious cat! Exquisite cat! Satiny cat! Cat like a soft owl, cat with paws like moths, jeweled cat, miraculous cat! Cat, cat, cat, cat.
You are young, and then you are middle-aged, but it is hard to tell the moment of passage from one state to the next.
For years—decades—perhaps centuries—women have been complaining about men’s lack of sensitivity, their unkindness, but no sooner have women acquired power than they permit, even sanctify, some of the nastiest manifestations of human nature.

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