Doris Lessing Quotes

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Doris Lessing quotes: Art is the Mirror of our betrayed ideals. Art is the Mirror of our betrayed ideals.
Doris Lessing quotes: What I had that others didn't was a capacity for sticking to it. What I had that others didn't was a capacity for sticking to it.
Doris Lessing quotes: The thing is, I haven't changed at all. The thing is, I haven't changed at all.
Doris Lessing quotes: Things are not quite so simple always as black and white. Things are not quite so simple always as black and white.
Doris Lessing quotes: As you get older, you don't get wiser. You get irritable. As you get older, you don't get wiser. You get irritable.
Doris Lessing quotes: She wanted to be acknowledged, her predicament given its value. She wanted to be acknowledged, her predicament given its value.
Doris Lessing quotes: I wanted to highlight that whole dreadful process in book publishing that 'nothing succeeds like success.' I wanted to highlight that whole dreadful process in book publishing that 'nothing succeeds like success.'
Doris Lessing quotes: Every child has the capacity to be everything. Every child has the capacity to be everything.
Doris Lessing quotes: We need a shape for the tale. A beginning, a middle and an end. We need a shape for the tale. A beginning, a middle and an end.
Doris Lessing quotes: I think kids ought to travel. I think it's very good to carry kids around. It's good for them. Of course it's tough on the parents. I think kids ought to travel. I think it's very good to carry kids around. It's good for them. Of course it's tough on the parents.
Doris Lessing quotes: Whenever I met anyone who knew anything, I would bore them stiff until they told me what they knew. Whenever I met anyone who knew anything, I would bore them stiff until they told me what they knew.
Doris Lessing quotes: Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty.
Doris Lessing quotes: The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.
Doris Lessing quotes: The youth do not see the old. They are not programmed to see the old, who are cancelled, negated, wiped out. The youth do not see the old. They are not programmed to see the old, who are cancelled, negated, wiped out.
Doris Lessing quotes: Women are the cowards they are because they have been semi-slaves for so long. Women are the cowards they are because they have been semi-slaves for so long.
Doris Lessing quotes: I'll be pleased when I'm dead. That will let me off worrying about all these wars. I'll be pleased when I'm dead. That will let me off worrying about all these wars.
Doris Lessing quotes: There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth. There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.
Doris Lessing quotes: Hitler admired Stalin, quite properly seeing himself as a mere infant in crime compared to his great exemplar. Hitler admired Stalin, quite properly seeing himself as a mere infant in crime compared to his great exemplar.
Doris Lessing quotes: Pleasure resorts are like film stars and royalty ... embarrassed by the figures they cut in the fantasies of people who have never met them. Pleasure resorts are like film stars and royalty ... embarrassed by the figures they cut in the fantasies of people who have never met them.
Doris Lessing quotes: Choose? When do I ever choose? Have I ever chosen? Choose? When do I ever choose? Have I ever chosen?
Doris Lessing quotes: It's very interesting what you don't care about. It's very interesting what you don't care about.
Doris Lessing quotes: As always he behaved as if he were an abstraction, not really there, a machine without a soul. As always he behaved as if he were an abstraction, not really there, a machine without a soul.
Doris Lessing quotes: Men are unwise and curiously planned. Men are unwise and curiously planned.
Doris Lessing quotes: We have no children Harriet. Or, rather, I have no children. You have one child. We have no children Harriet. Or, rather, I have no children. You have one child.
Doris Lessing quotes: We use our parents like recurring dreams, to be entered into when needed. We use our parents like recurring dreams, to be entered into when needed.
Doris Lessing quotes: I don't know why I still find it so hard to accept that words are faulty and by their very nature innacurate I don't know why I still find it so hard to accept that words are faulty and by their very nature innacurate
Doris Lessing quotes: That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way. That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.
Doris Lessing quotes: Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroyeth much good. Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroyeth much good.
Doris Lessing quotes: Words. Words. I play with words, hoping that some combination, even a chance combination, will say what I want. Words. Words. I play with words, hoping that some combination, even a chance combination, will say what I want.
Doris Lessing quotes: I thought that would go without saying, that if a mother gives up her children, it's very painful. I thought that would go without saying, that if a mother gives up her children, it's very painful.
Doris Lessing quotes: I don't write well when I'm sitting there sweating about every single phrase. I don't write well when I'm sitting there sweating about every single phrase.
Doris Lessing quotes: The Nobel Prize is run by a self-perpetuated committee. They vote for themselves and get the world's publishing industry to jump to their tune. The Nobel Prize is run by a self-perpetuated committee. They vote for themselves and get the world's publishing industry to jump to their tune.
Doris Lessing quotes: A writer is the conscience of the world. A writer is the conscience of the world.
Doris Lessing quotes: I watched his face put on that mask of bluff, goodnatured tolerance which is the mask of corruption in this particular time (for I watched his face put on that mask of bluff, goodnatured tolerance which is the mask of corruption in this particular time (for
Doris Lessing quotes: September 11 was terrible but, if one goes back over the history of the IRA, what happened to the Americans wasn't that terrible. September 11 was terrible but, if one goes back over the history of the IRA, what happened to the Americans wasn't that terrible.
Doris Lessing quotes: There is only one real sin, and that is to persuade oneself that the second-best is anything but the second-best There is only one real sin, and that is to persuade oneself that the second-best is anything but the second-best
Doris Lessing quotes: They can't give a Nobel to someone who's dead so I think they were probably thinking they had better give it to me now before I popped off. They can't give a Nobel to someone who's dead so I think they were probably thinking they had better give it to me now before I popped off.
Doris Lessing quotes: You can't be a Red if you're married to a civil servant. You can't be a Red if you're married to a civil servant.
Doris Lessing quotes: You cannot escape the fact that women mould your first five years, whether you like it or not. And I can't say I do like it very much. You cannot escape the fact that women mould your first five years, whether you like it or not. And I can't say I do like it very much.
Doris Lessing quotes: Bed is the best place for reading, thinking, or doing nothing. Bed is the best place for reading, thinking, or doing nothing.
Doris Lessing quotes: There was a time when young people respected learning and literature and now they don't. There was a time when young people respected learning and literature and now they don't.
Doris Lessing quotes: Now, I am not Anna, I have no will, I can't move out of a situation once it has started, I just go along with it. Now, I am not Anna, I have no will, I can't move out of a situation once it has started, I just go along with it.
Doris Lessing quotes: We are several people fitted inside each other. Chinese boxes. Our bodies are the outside box. Or the inside one if you like. We are several people fitted inside each other. Chinese boxes. Our bodies are the outside box. Or the inside one if you like.
Doris Lessing quotes: In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools. In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.
Doris Lessing quotes: There's something here that I simply will not let myself look at. There's something here that I simply will not let myself look at.
Doris Lessing quotes: I don't think that the feminist movement has done much for the characters of women. I don't think that the feminist movement has done much for the characters of women.
Doris Lessing quotes: When I became political and Communist, it was because they were the only people I had ever met who fought the color bar in their lives. When I became political and Communist, it was because they were the only people I had ever met who fought the color bar in their lives.
Doris Lessing quotes: Coincidences are God's way of remaining anonymous. Coincidences are God's way of remaining anonymous.
Doris Lessing quotes: A woman writer, quitting love before literature when love lets her down, will put literature before love. A woman writer, quitting love before literature when love lets her down, will put literature before love.
Doris Lessing quotes: I didn't go to school much, so I taught myself what I knew from reading. I didn't go to school much, so I taught myself what I knew from reading.
Doris Lessing quotes: Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time. Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.
Doris Lessing quotes: People who lack economic and social power often expand their physical impact on the world." "-In Pursuit of Silence People who lack economic and social power often expand their physical impact on the world."
"-In Pursuit of Silence
Doris Lessing quotes: I hate Iran. I hate the Iranian government. It's a cruel and evil government. I hate Iran. I hate the Iranian government. It's a cruel and evil government.
Doris Lessing quotes: Little Tamar, forget the long ago. We are here and we are now, and that is all. We are making a new start. Little Tamar, forget the long ago. We are here and we are now, and that is all. We are making a new start.
Doris Lessing quotes: For she was of that generation who, having found nothing in religion, had formed themselves through literature. For she was of that generation who, having found nothing in religion, had formed themselves through literature.
Doris Lessing quotes: Artists are the traditional interpreters of dreams and nightmares ... Artists are the traditional interpreters of dreams and nightmares ...
Doris Lessing quotes: Writers do not come out of houses without books. Writers do not come out of houses without books.
Doris Lessing quotes: My mother died happily of a stroke in her seventies. My mother died happily of a stroke in her seventies.
Doris Lessing quotes: I'm very unhappy when I'm not writing. I'm very unhappy when I'm not writing.
Doris Lessing quotes: A hundred things to do, but only one thing to be," he said, obstinately. "But perhaps I don't feel myself worthy of such a wealth of opportunity? A hundred things to do, but only one thing to be," he said, obstinately. "But perhaps I don't feel myself worthy of such a wealth of opportunity?