43 Total Quotes

Doris Lessing Quotes

Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.
Doris Lessing
#English Writer #Fiction

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.
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#English Writer

Borrowing is not much better than begging; just as lending with interest is not much better than stealing.
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#English Writer #Borrowing

Better Counsel comes overnight.
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#Counsel

Laughter is by definition healthy
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#Definition

There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.
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#English Writer

In the university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools
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#Law

Small things amuse small minds.
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#English Writer

A simple grateful thought turned heavenwards is the most perfect prayer.
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#English Writer

That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.
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#English Writer #Learning

There is only one real sin, and that is to persuade oneself that the second-best is anything but the second-best
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#Sin

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.
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#English Writer

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

Pearls mean tears.
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#English Writer

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.
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#Political Correctness

If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.
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#English Writer

Literature is analysis after the event.
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#English Writer #Literature

Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.
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#English Writer

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.
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#English Writer

Some people obtain fame, others deserve it.
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#English Writer

It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.
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#English Writer

It is the mark of great people to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important.
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#English Writer

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.
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#English Writer

The worst superstition is to consider our own tolerable.
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#Superstition

What is a hero without love for mankind.
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#English Writer

In the writing process, the more a story cooks, the better.
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#English Writer