46 Total Quotes

Jessamyn West Quotes

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself
Jessamyn West
#Humorous

It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
Jessamyn West
#American Author

We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.
Jessamyn West
#American Author

The sick soon come to understand that they live in a different world from that of the well and that the two cannot communicate
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#Communication

I've done more harm by the falseness of trying to please than by the honesty of trying to hurt
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#Honesty

Nothing is so dear as what you're about to leave.
Jessamyn West
#American Author

Justice is a terrible but necessary thing
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#Justice

A rattlesnake that doesn't bite teaches you nothing.
Jessamyn West
#American Author

Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.
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#American Author #Talent

A big iron needle stitching the country together.
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#American Author #Country

The West is color. Its colors are animal rather than vegetable, the colors of earth and sunlight and ripeness.
Jessamyn West
#American Author

Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract.
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#American Author #Nature

A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain.
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#American Author #Love

In their sympathies, children feel nearer animals than adults.
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#American Author #Animals

Teaching is the royal road to learning.
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#American Author #Learning

Fiction is [a form of writing which] reveals truths that reality obscures.
Jessamyn West
#Fiction

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
Jessamyn West
#American Author #Fiction

The source of one's joy is also often the source of one's sorrow
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#Joy

Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants
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#Desert

If you want a baby, have a new one. Don't baby the old one.
Jessamyn West
#American Author #Babies

If you train people properly, they won't be able to tell a drill from the real thing. If anything, the real thing will be easier.
Jessamyn West
#People #Business