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100 Doris Lessing Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Doris Lessing Sayings: 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.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: All things come alike to all; there is one event to the righteous, and to All things come alike to all; there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: But when you get down to it, it's all a lie. You sit here writing But when you get down to it, it's all a lie. You sit here writing and writing, but no one can see it - that's arrogant, I told you so before. And you aren't even honest enough to let yourself be what you are - everything's divided off and split up. So what's the use of patronising me and saying: You're in a bad phase. If you're not in a bad phase, then it's because you can't be in a phase, you take care to divide yourself into compartments. If things are a chaos, then that's what they are. I don't think there's a pattern anywhere - you are just making patterns, out of cowardice. I think people aren't good at all, they are cannibals, and when you get down to it no one cares about anyone else. All the best people can be good to one other person or their families. But that's egotism, it isn't being good. We aren't any better than the animals, we just pretend to be.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: When I became political and Communist, it was because they were the only people I 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.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: Could we have seen this efflorescence of stupidity? Yes, because every mass political movement unleashes Could we have seen this efflorescence of stupidity? Yes, because every mass political movement unleashes the worst in human behaviour and admires it. For a time at least.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: Now these delightful infants are born haphazardly of any mating, any parents, treated well or Now these delightful infants are born haphazardly of any mating, any parents, treated well or ill as chance dictates, dying as easily as they are born, and dying anyway so soon after they are born - and yet in each child, every one, has all the potentiality, has it still, and completely, to leap from his low half-animal state to true humanity. Each one of them with this potential, and yet so few can be reached, to make the leap.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: There was a certain struggling fury that went with being jobless, and persevering, and being There was a certain struggling fury that went with being jobless, and persevering, and being turned down, that was different from simply being jobless.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: I don't think San Francisco needs defending. I never meet anyone who doesn't love the I don't think San Francisco needs defending. I never meet anyone who doesn't love the place, Americans or others.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: All political movements are like this we are in the right, everyone else is in All political movements are like this
we are in the right, everyone else is in the wrong. The people on our own side who disagree with us are heretics, and they start becoming enemies. With it comes an absolute conviction of your own moral superiority. There's oversimplification in everything, and a terror of flexibility.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: We spend our lives fighting to get people very slightly more stupid than ourselves to We spend our lives fighting to get people very slightly more stupid than ourselves to accept truths that the great men have always known. They have known for thousands of years that to lock a sick person into solitary confinement makes him worse. They have known for thousands of years that a poor man who is frightened of his landlord and of the police is a slave. They have known it. We know it. But do the great enlightened mass of the British people know it? No. It is our task, Ella, yours and mine, to tell them. Because the great men are too great to be bothered. They are already discovering how to colonise Venus and to irrigate the moon. That is what is important for our time. You and I are the boulder-pushers. All our lives, you and I, we'll put all our energies, all our talents into pushing a great boulder up a mountain. The boulder is the truth that the great men know by instinct, and the mountain is the stupidity of mankind.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: Borrowing is not much better than begging; just as lending with interest is not much Borrowing is not much better than begging; just as lending with interest is not much better than stealing.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: She was well armed with facts from The New Statesman, She was even better armed She was well armed with facts from The New Statesman, She was even better armed by the conviction of being in the right, but what is the use of being right if one is faced by the blank, unaltered stare of satisfied ignorance? Martha was so new to the game that she was surprised by Mrs. Buss's calm remark, "Oh, well, everyone's entitled to their ideas." She said it was not a question of ideas, but one of fact.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: After a certain age - and for some of us that can be very young After a certain age - and for some of us that can be very young - there are no new people, beasts, dreams, faces, events: it has all happened before ...
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Doris Lessing Sayings: We have not yet developed a system of education that is not a system of We have not yet developed a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: Better Counsel comes overnight. Better Counsel comes overnight.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: Laughter is by definition healthy. Laughter is by definition healthy.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: A foolhardy lot, we accepted it all, as we always do, never asked: "What is A foolhardy lot, we accepted it all, as we always do, never asked: "What is going to happen to us now, with this invention of print?" In the same way, we never thought to ask, "How will our lives, our way of thinking, be changed by the internet, which has seduced a whole generation with its inanities so that even quite reasonable people will confess that, once they are hooked, it is hard to cut free, and they may find a whole day has passed in blogging etc?
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Doris Lessing Sayings: 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.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: But far within him something cried For the great tragedy to start, The pang in But far within him something cried For the great tragedy to start, The pang in lingering mercy fall And sorrow break upon his heart. - EDWIN MUIR
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Doris Lessing Sayings: Things are not quite so simple always as black and white. Things are not quite so simple always as black and white.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: If what we think now is different from what we thought then, we can take If what we think now is different from what we thought then, we can take it for granted that what we think in a year will be different again.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: The two authors she brought with her from that period of reading were Whitman and The two authors she brought with her from that period of reading were Whitman and Thoreau - but then, she had been reading them for years, as some people read the Bible.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: Nicknames are potent ways of cutting people down to size. Nicknames are potent ways of cutting people down to size.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: Then he said, 'Well, Matty, we don't seem to go together at all, do we. Then he said, 'Well, Matty, we don't seem to go together at all, do we. I'm simply not broadminded enough for your Jews and your niggers.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: Oh cat, I'd say, or pray: be-ootiful cat! Delicious cat! Exquisite cat! Satiny cat! Cat Oh cat, I'd say, or pray: be-ootiful cat! Delicious cat! Exquisite cat! Satiny cat! Cat like a soft owl, cat with paws like moths, jewelled cat, miraculous cat! Cat, cat, cat, cat.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: 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.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: A hundred years of scholarly thinking has stretched back a million-fold the age of the A hundred years of scholarly thinking has stretched back a million-fold the age of the Earth. But these same diviners, antiquarians and scholars are thinking now as they did a hundred years ago, when it comes to the age of civilizations; they can't even begin to concede that civilizations might have very old histories. The Earth is allowed to be millions of millions of years old, but the birth of civilization is still set somewhere between two thousand B.C., depending on the bias of the archaeological school and the definition of civilization.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: The old watch the young with anguish, pain, fear. Above all what each has learned The old watch the young with anguish, pain, fear. Above all what each has learned is what things cost, what has to be paid.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: What society doesn't realize is that in the past, ordinary people respected learning. They respected What society doesn't realize is that in the past, ordinary people respected learning. They respected books, and they don't now, or not very much. That whole respect for serious literature and learning has disappeared.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: When there's a war, people get married. When there's a war, people get married.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: We are all creatures of the stars. We are all creatures of the stars.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: I'm always astounded at the way we automatically look at what divides and separates us. I'm always astounded at the way we automatically look at what divides and separates us. We never look at what people have in common.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: Why were the Europeans bothered about the Soviet Union at all? It was nothing to Why were the Europeans bothered about the Soviet Union at all? It was nothing to do with us. China had nothing to do with us. Why were we not building, without reference to the Soviet Union, a good society in our own countries? But no, we were all - in one way or another - obsessed with the bloody Soviet Union, which was a disaster. What people were supporting was failure. And continually justifying it.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: Sometimes I think what I write is funny in its quiet way. Sometimes I think what I write is funny in its quiet way.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: Not so easy to put flesh and blood on the bones of an intellectual conviction; Not so easy to put flesh and blood on the bones of an intellectual conviction; Martha was remembering with shame the brash and easy way she had said to Joss that she repudiated race prejudice; for the fact was, she could not remember a time when she had not thought of people in terms of groups, nations, or colour of skin first, and as people afterwards.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: But it isn't only the terror everywhere, and the fear of being conscious of it, But it isn't only the terror everywhere, and the fear of being conscious of it, that freezes people. It's more than that. People know they are in a society dead or dying. They are refusing emotion because at the end of every emotion are property, money, power. They work and despise their work, and so freeze themselves. They love but know that it's a half-love or a twisted love, and so they freeze themselves.
It is possible that in order to keep love, feeling, tenderness alive, it will be necessary to feel these emotions ambiguously, even for what is false and debased, or for what is still an idea, a shadow in the willed imagination only ... or if what we feel is pain, then we must feel it, acknowledging that the alternative is death. Better anything than the shrewd, the calculated, the non-committal, the refusal of giving for fear of the consequences ...
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Doris Lessing Sayings: For real pleasure a pleasure resort should have no one in it but its legitimate For real pleasure a pleasure resort should have no one in it but its legitimate inhabitants, oneself, and perhaps one's friends.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: Literature is analysis after the event. Literature is analysis after the event.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: Category:Inner-space fictionFor there is never anywhere to go but in. Category:
Inner-space fiction
For there is never anywhere to go but in.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in 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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Doris Lessing Sayings: It is not always possible to know, when you make a note of an event, It is not always possible to know, when you make a note of an event, or a state of mind, how this may strike someone perhaps ten thousand years later.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: None of you [men] ask for anything - except everything, but just for so long None of you [men] ask for anything - except everything, but just for so long as you need it.
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Doris Lessing Sayings: There are people in the world all the time who know" the professor said. "But There are people in the world all the time who know" the professor said. "But they keep quiet. They just move about quietly, saving the people who know they are in the trap. And then, for the ones who have got out, it's like coming around from chloroform. They realize that all their lives they've been asleep and dreaming. And then it's their turn to learn the rules and the timing. And they become the ones to live quietly in the world, just as human beings might if there were only a few human beings on a planet that had monkeys on it for inhabitants ...
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Doris Lessing Sayings: There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.
Doris Lessing Sayings: Often the mass emotions are those which seem the noblest, best and most beautiful. And Often the mass emotions are those which seem the noblest, best and most beautiful. And yet, inside a year, five years, a decade, five decades, people will be asking, "How could you have believed that?" because events will have taken place that will have banished the said mass emotions to the dustbin of history.
Doris Lessing Sayings: This is a time when it is frightening to be alive, when it is hard This is a time when it is frightening to be alive, when it is hard to think of human beings as rational creatures. Everywhere we look we see brutality, stupidity, until it seems that there is nothing else to be seen but that
a descent into barbarism, everywhere, which we are unable to check. But I think that while it is true there is a general worsening, it is precisely because things are so frightening we become hypnotized, and do not notice
or if we notice, belittle
equally strong forces on the other side, the forces, in short, of reason, sanity and civilization.
Doris Lessing Sayings: It is my belief ... that the talents every child has, regardless of his official It is my belief ... that the talents every child has, regardless of his official 'I.Q,' could stay with him through life, to enrich him and everybody else, if these talents were not regarded as commodities with a value in the success-stakes.
Doris Lessing Sayings: Some people obtain fame, others deserve it. Some people obtain fame, others deserve it.
Doris Lessing Sayings: I am so happy to be communicating with people on this newest of new wavelengths I am so happy to be communicating with people on this newest of new wavelengths which to some older people must seem like a kind of magic.
Doris Lessing Sayings: Knowing cats, a lifetime of cats, what is left is a sediment of sorrow quite Knowing cats, a lifetime of cats, what is left is a sediment of sorrow quite different from that due to humans: compounded of pain for their helplessness, of guilt on behalf of us all.
Doris Lessing Sayings: You're suggesting I should write of our experience? How? If I set down every word You're suggesting I should write of our experience? How? If I set down every word of the exchange between us during an hour, it would be unintelligible unless I wrote the story of my life to explain it.
Doris Lessing Sayings: The most exciting periods of literature have always been those when the critics were great. The most exciting periods of literature have always been those when the critics were great.
Doris Lessing Sayings: For a long time I felt I had done a very brave thing. There is For a long time I felt I had done a very brave thing. There is nothing more boring for an intelligent woman than to spend endless amounts of time with small children. I felt I wasn't the best person to bring them up. I would have ended up an alcoholic or a frustrated intellectual like my mother.
Doris Lessing Sayings: Obviously, my changing everything into fiction is simply a means of concealing something from myself. Obviously, my changing everything into fiction is simply a means of concealing something from myself.
Doris Lessing Sayings: We had a kind of pity for each other; we were both afflicted permanently with We had a kind of pity for each other; we were both afflicted permanently with a feeling of sad helplessness because we were unable to make each other happy in this way. But nothing stopped us from choosing other partners. We did not. That I did not, isn't surprising, because of that quality in me I call lethargy, or curiosity, which always keeps me in a situation long after I should leave it.
Doris Lessing Sayings: Mostly getting old is boring. I hate the stiffness in the bones. I was physically Mostly getting old is boring. I hate the stiffness in the bones. I was physically arrogant for years. I don't like it now that I have difficulty getting around. But a certain equanimity sets in, a certain detachment. Things seem less desperately important than they once did, and that's a pleasure.
Doris Lessing Sayings: Oh, yes, Alice did know that she forgot things, but not how badly, or how Oh, yes, Alice did know that she forgot things, but not how badly, or how often. When her mind started to dazzle and to puzzle, frantically trying to lay hold of something stable, then she always at once allowed herself
as she did now
to slide back into her childhood, where she dwelt pleasurably on some scene or other that she had smoothed and polished and painted over and over again with fresh colour until it was like walking into a story that began, 'Once upon a time there was a little girl called Alice, with her mother, Dorothy. One morning Alice was in the kitchen with Dorothy, who was making her favourite pudding, apple with cinnamon and brown sugar and sour cream, and little Alice said, 'Mummy, I am a good girl, aren't I?
Doris Lessing Sayings: People don't mind immoral messages. They don't mind art which says that murder is good, People don't mind immoral messages. They don't mind art which says that murder is good, cruelty is good, sex for sex's sake is good. They like it, provided the message is wrapped up a little. And they like messages saying that murder is bad, cruelty is bad, and love is love is love is love. What they can't stand is to be told it all doesn't matter, they can't stand formlessness.
Doris Lessing Sayings: I was writing all my childhood. And I wrote two novels when I was 17, I was writing all my childhood. And I wrote two novels when I was 17, which were terrible. And I'm not sorry I threw them out. So, I wrote. I had to write. You know, the thing was, I had no education.
Doris Lessing Sayings: Perhaps it is a fault of the species who thrive in peace, mutual help, aspirations Perhaps it is a fault of the species who thrive in peace, mutual help, aspirations for more of the same
to forget that outside these borders dwell very different types of mind, feeding on different fuel.
Doris Lessing Sayings: The novel had a framework made by thinking. The thought was that to divide off The novel had a framework made by thinking. The thought was that to divide off and compartmentalize living was dangerous and led to nothing but trouble. Old, young; black, white; men, women; capitalism, socialism; these dichotomies undo us, force us into unreal categorisation, make us look for what separates us rather than what we have in common. That was the thought, which made the shape or pattern of 'The Golden Notebook'. But the emotions were stronger than the thought. This is why I have always seen TGN as a failure: a failure in my terms, of what I had meant. For has this book changed by an iota our tendency to think like computers set to sort everything - people, ideas, history - into boxes? No, it has not. Yet why should I have such a hubristic thought? But I was in the grip of discovery, of revelation. I had only just seen this Truth: I was watching my own mind working like a sorting machine, and I was appalled.
Doris Lessing Sayings: That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.
Doris Lessing Sayings: The automatic reaction of practically any young person is, at once, against authority. That, I The automatic reaction of practically any young person is, at once, against authority. That, I think, began in the First World War because of the trenches, and the incompetence of the people on all fronts.
Doris Lessing Sayings: Everyone knows that where there is something that is capable of giving profit, then exploited Everyone knows that where there is something that is capable of giving profit, then exploited it will be.
Doris Lessing Sayings: We've got to believe in our beautiful impossible blueprints. We've got to believe in our beautiful impossible blueprints.
Doris Lessing Sayings: We try to have things both ways. We've always refused to live by the book We try to have things both ways. We've always refused to live by the book and the rule; but then why start worrying because the world doesn't treat us by rule?
Doris Lessing Sayings: Arthur Deikman's prime and particular contribution, apart from drawing attention to the problem, was to Arthur Deikman's prime and particular contribution, apart from drawing attention to the problem, was to point out how much cultish behaviour goes on unrecognised, in, for instance, business life or in apparently harmless organisations, religious or philanthropic. It is useful to ask oneself the question: do I feel superior because I belong to - whatever it is? Do I look down on people outside? Perhaps the most easily seen feature of a cult s that: WE are better than THEM. It is salutary to recognise how often in a day we feel disapproval or superiority, matching ourselves with 'outsiders' ...
Doris Lessing Sayings: I wasn't an active feminist in the '60s, never have been. I wasn't an active feminist in the '60s, never have been.
Doris Lessing Sayings: Because I was permanently confused, dissatisfied, unhappy, tormented by inadequacy, driven by wanting towards every Because I was permanently confused, dissatisfied, unhappy, tormented by inadequacy, driven by wanting towards every kind of impossible future, the attitude of mind described by 'tolerantly amused eyes' was years away from me. I don't think I really saw people then, except as appendages to my needs. It's only now, looking back, that I understood, but at the time I lived in a brilliantly lit haze, shifting and flickering according to my changing desires. Of course, that is only a description of being young.
Doris Lessing Sayings: Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open 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 Sayings: The whole process of writing is a setting at a distance. That is the value The whole process of writing is a setting at a distance. That is the value of it - to the writer, and to the people who read the results of this process, which takes the raw, the individual, the uncriticized, the unexamined, into the realm of the general.
Doris Lessing Sayings: But after all, to kind of like people, doc, puts you in a pretty privileged But after all, to kind of like people, doc, puts you in a pretty privileged class for a start
so few citizens can afford to really kinda like people.
Doris Lessing Sayings: We are all creatures of the stars and their forces, they make us, we make We are all creatures of the stars and their forces, they make us, we make them, we are part of a dance from which we by no means and not ever may consider ourselves separate. But when the Gods explode, or err, or dissolve into flying clouds of gas, or shrink, or expand, or whatever else their fates might demand, then the minuscule items of their substance may in their small ways express - not protest, which of course is inappropriate to their station in life - but an acknowledgement of the existence of irony: yes, they may sometimes allow themselves - always with respect - the mildest possible grimace of irony.
Doris Lessing Sayings: All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel heat strike All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones moving easily under the flesh.
Doris Lessing Sayings: Anna, there's something very arrogant about insisting on the right to be right. Anna, there's something very arrogant about insisting on the right to be right.
Doris Lessing Sayings: It was from Willi I learned how many women like to be bullied. It was It was from Willi I learned how many women like to be bullied. It was humiliating and I used to fight against accepting it as true. But I've seen it over and over again. If
Doris Lessing Sayings: If you have nothing, you are free to choose among dreams and fantasies. If you have nothing, you are free to choose among dreams and fantasies.
Doris Lessing Sayings: We, as a society, can't tolerate very much difference. We, as a society, can't tolerate very much difference.
Doris Lessing Sayings: Looking back over nearly a quarter of a century, she saw that that had been Looking back over nearly a quarter of a century, she saw that that had been the characteristic of her life -passivity, adaptability to others.
Doris Lessing Sayings: We all of us seem to have this belief that things are going to get We all of us seem to have this belief that things are going to get better. Why should they? Sometimes I think we're moving into a new ice age of tyranny and terror, why not? Who's to stop it - us?
Doris Lessing Sayings: You can only value something if you've experienced it. You can only value something if you've experienced it.
Doris Lessing Sayings: Do you imagine, Ted, that if you are kind to servants you are going to Do you imagine, Ted, that if you are kind to servants you are going to advance the cause of socialism?" "Yes," Ted had said. "Then I can't help you," Willi had said, with a shrug, meaning there was no hope for him. Jimmy
Doris Lessing Sayings: Dreams have always been my friend, full of information, full of warnings. Dreams have always been my friend, full of information, full of warnings.
Doris Lessing Sayings: What really fascinates me is this need that is so strong now that if you What really fascinates me is this need that is so strong now that if you read a work of the imagination you instantly have to say, 'Oh, what this really is is so-and-so,' reducing it to a simple formula.
Doris Lessing Sayings: It's a fact that men of all nations are convinced that men of any other It's a fact that men of all nations are convinced that men of any other nation are no good for women. I'm sure a statistically significant number of women would be able to vouch for this.
And listen how you talk. You are bitter already. When I hear a woman use words like statistics, I know she is bitter.
Doris Lessing Sayings: However, there are certain rites in the talk of matrons, and Martha, having listened to However, there are certain rites in the talk of matrons, and Martha, having listened to such talk for a large part of her life, should have learned that there was nothing insulting, or even personal, intended. She was merely expected to play the part 'young girl' against their own familiar roles.
Doris Lessing Sayings: 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 Sayings: It's lovely to have money to give away - that's the bonus of winning the It's lovely to have money to give away - that's the bonus of winning the Nobel.
Doris Lessing Sayings: Your fascinating admirer waits here for you,' said Donovan, indicating a vacant and grass-grown lot Your fascinating admirer waits here for you,' said Donovan, indicating a vacant and grass-grown lot at the corner. 'Yes, Matty dear, when you've gone to your virgin bed, he sits here, in his car, watching your room to make sure of your exclusive interest in him - the whole town's laughing its head off about it,' he added cruelly, and glanced swiftly sideways to see how she would take it.
Doris Lessing Sayings: It seems to me that being psycho-analysed is essentially a process where one is forced It seems to me that being psycho-analysed is essentially a process where one is forced back into infantilism and then rescued from it by crystallising what one learns into a sort of intellectual primitivism-one is forced back into myth, and folk lore and everything that belongs to the savage or undeveloped stages of society. For if I say to you: I recognise in that dream,such and such a myth; or in that emotion about my father, that folk-tale; or the atmosphere of that memory is the same as an English ballad-then you smile, you are satisfied. As far as you are concerned, I've gone beyond the childish, I've transmuted it and saved it, by embodying it in myth. But in fact all I do, or you do, is to fish among the childish memories. of an individual, and merge them with the art or ideas that belong to the childhood of a people.
Doris Lessing Sayings: Africa gives you the knowledge that man is a small creature, among other creatures, in Africa gives you the knowledge that man is a small creature, among other creatures, in a large landscape.
Doris Lessing Sayings: She thinks, for the hundredth time, that in their emotional life all these intelligent men She thinks, for the hundredth time, that in their emotional life all these intelligent men use a level so much lower than anything they use for work, that they might be different creatures.
Doris Lessing Sayings: You have to read a book at the right time for you, and I am You have to read a book at the right time for you, and I am sure this cannot be insisted on too often, for it is the key to the enjoyment of literature.
Doris Lessing Sayings: I have been thinking for some time of writing a piece called: In Pursuit of I have been thinking for some time of writing a piece called: In Pursuit of the Working-Class. My life has been spent in pursuit. So has everyone's, of course. I chase love and fame all the time. I have chased, off and on, and with much greater deviousness of approach, the working-class and the English. The pursuit of the working-class is shared by everyone with the faintest tint of social responsibility: some of the most indefatigable pursuers are working-class people. That is because the phrase does n
Doris Lessing Sayings: I can't say I'm overwhelmed with surprise. I'm 88 years old and they can't give I can't say I'm overwhelmed with surprise. I'm 88 years old and they can't give the Nobel to someone who's dead, so I think they were probably thinking they'd probably better give it to me now before I've popped off.
Doris Lessing Sayings: I mean,' said Marion happily, 'it's a continent in chains, well, isn't it?' (Tribune, thought I mean,' said Marion happily, 'it's a continent in chains, well, isn't it?' (Tribune, thought Anna; or possibly the Daily Worker.) 'And measures ought to be taken immediately to restore the Africans' faith in justice if it is not already too late.' (The New Statesman, thought Anna.) 'Well at least the situation ought to be thoroughly gone into in the interests of everybody.' (The Manchester Guardian, at a time of acute crisis.) 'But Anna, I don't understand your attitude. Surely you'll admit there's evidence that something's gone wrong?' (The Times, editorializing a week after the news that the white administration has shot twenty Africans and imprisoned fifty more without trial.)
Doris Lessing Sayings: If you are a young writer today, it's very hard. If you are a young writer today, it's very hard.
Doris Lessing Sayings: Jonathan Quest, the younger brother, came home for the holidays from his expensive school, like Jonathan Quest, the younger brother, came home for the holidays from his expensive school, like a visitor from a more prosperous world. For the first time, Martha found herself consciously resenting him. Why, she asked herself, was it that he, with half her brains, should be sent to a 'good school', why was it he should inevitably be given the advantages?
Doris Lessing Sayings: The Golden Notebook for some reason surprised people but it was no more than you The Golden Notebook for some reason surprised people but it was no more than you would hear women say in their kitchens every day in any country ... I was really astounded that some people were shocked.
Doris Lessing Sayings: I think kids ought to travel. I think it's very good to carry kids around. 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.