82 Total Quotes

Rebecca West Quotes

Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.
Rebecca West
#Adventure #Irish Author

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat
Rebecca West
#Feminism

I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.
Rebecca West
#Irish Author #Feminism

Journalism is the ability to meet the challenge of filling space.
Rebecca West
#Ability #Irish Author

Did St. Francis preach to the birds? Whatever for? If he really liked birds he would have done better to preach to the cats.
Rebecca West
#Irish Author #Birds

Men must be capable of imagining and executing and insisting on social change if they are to reform or even maintain civilization, and capable too of furnishing the rebellion which is sometimes necessary if society is not to perish of immobility.
Rebecca West
#Reform

In England and America a beard usually means that its owner would rather be considered venerable than virile; on the continent of Europe it often means that its owner makes a special claim to virility.
Rebecca West
#America #Beards

Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology
Rebecca West
#Astrology

She was like the embodiment of all women who have felt an astonished protest because their children have died before them.
Rebecca West
#Children

It is the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.
Rebecca West
#Irish Author #Duty

Writing has nothing to do with communication between person and person, only with communication between different parts of a person's mind.
Rebecca West
#Communication #Irish Author

There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all.
Rebecca West
#Conversation #Irish Author

The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots.
Rebecca West
#Men #Irish Author

If the whole human race lay in one grave, the epitaph on its headstone might well be: "It seemed a good idea at the time."
Rebecca West
#Race

He is every other inch a gentleman.
Rebecca West
#Men #Irish Author

A strong hatred is the best lamp to bear in our hands as we go over the dark places of life, cutting away the dead things men tell us to revere.
Rebecca West
#Irish Author #Hatred

Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one's own Trojan horse.
Rebecca West
#Irish Author #Motherhood

Just how difficult it is to write biography can be reckoned by anybody who sits down and considers just how many people know the real truth about his or her love affairs.
Rebecca West
#Irish Author