Doris Lessing

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Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing

If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.More Doris Lessing [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Some people obtain fame, others deserve it.More Doris Lessing [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Laughter is by definition healthy.More Doris Lessing [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The worst superstition is to consider our own tolerable.More Doris Lessing [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A simple grateful thought turned heavenwards is the most perfect prayer.More Doris Lessing [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.More Doris Lessing [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel.More Doris Lessing [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.More Doris Lessing [08/01/2011 10:08:49]
I don't know much about creative writing programs. But they're not telling the truth if they don't teach, one, that writing is hard work, and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.More Doris Lessing [08/01/2011 10:08:11]
In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.More Doris Lessing [08/01/2011 10:08:48]
Pleasure resorts are like film stars and royalty... embarrassed by the figures they cut in the fantasies of people who have never met them.More Doris Lessing [08/01/2011 10:08:27]
Small things amuse small minds.More Doris Lessing [08/01/2011 10:08:33]
That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.More Doris Lessing [08/01/2011 10:08:03]
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.More Doris Lessing [08/01/2011 10:08:09]
There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.More Doris Lessing [08/01/2011 10:08:14]

There is only one real sin and that is to persuade oneself that the second best is anything but second best.More Doris Lessing [08/01/2011 10:08:25]
Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself.More Doris Lessing [08/01/2011 10:08:33]
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.More Doris Lessing [08/01/2011 10:08:39]
We use our parents like recurring dreams, to be entered into when needed.More Doris Lessing [08/01/2011 10:08:52]
What's terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better.More Doris Lessing [08/01/2011 10:08:04]
With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one - but no one at all - can tell you what to read and when and how.More Doris Lessing [08/01/2011 10:08:11]
Sometimes I think what I write is funny in its quiet way.More Doris Lessing [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I hate Iran. I hate the Iranian government. It's a cruel and evil government.More Doris Lessing [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
September 11 was terrible but, if one goes back over the history of the IRA, what happened to the Americans wasn't that terrible.More Doris Lessing [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
What really fascinates me is this need that is so strong now that if you read a work of the imagination you instantly have to say, 'Oh, what this really is is so-and-so,' reducing it to a simple formula.More Doris Lessing [03/12/2018 02:03:32]

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