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Rebecca West Quotes & Sayings
48 entries tagged including 18 subtopics.
Last updated Apr 2021
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Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one's own Trojan horse.
Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.
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.
Journalism: an ability to meet the challenge of filling the space.
It is sometimes very hard to tell the difference between history and the smell of skunk.
It is always one's virtues and not one's vices that precipitate one into disaster.
International relationships are preordained to be clumsy gestures based on imperfect knowledge.
I write books to find out about things.
I wonder if we are all wrong about each other, if we are just composing unwritten novels about the people we meet?
I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.
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.
Humanity is never more sphinxlike than when it is expressing itself.
He is every other inch a gentleman.
Everyone realizes that one can believe little of what people say about each other. But it is not so widely realized that even less can one trust what people say about themselves.
Did St. Francis preach to the birds? Whatever for? If he really liked birds he would have done better to preach to the cats.
But there are other things than dissipation that thicken the features. Tears, for example.
Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology.
Because hypocrisy stinks in the nostrils one is likely to rate it as a more powerful agent for destruction than it is.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
All men should have a drop of treason in their veins, if nations are not to go soft like so many sleepy pears.
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