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Doris Lessing – 32 Quotes

 

32 Quotes by Doris Lessing

 

My father was in the First World War.

– Doris Lessing


When there’s a war, people get married.

– Doris Lessing


All my friends’ mothers were appalling women.

– Doris Lessing


Sometimes I think what I write is funny in its quiet way.

– Doris Lessing


Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.

– Doris Lessing


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

– Doris Lessing


I think a lot of romanticizing has gone on with the women’s movement.

– Doris Lessing


We use our parents like recurring dreams, to be entered into when needed.

– Doris Lessing


I hate Iran. I hate the Iranian government. It’s a cruel and evil government.

– Doris Lessing


It’s lovely to have money to give away – that’s the bonus of winning the Nobel.

– Doris Lessing


I don’t think that the feminist movement has done much for the characters of women.

– Doris Lessing


There was a time when young people respected learning and literature and now they don’t.

– Doris Lessing


Men are restless, adventurous. Women are conservative – despite what current ideology says.

– Doris Lessing


I do not think that marriage is one of my talents. I’ve been much happier unmarried than married.

– Doris Lessing


In university they don’t tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.

– Doris Lessing


I wanted to write about my mother as she should have been if she had not been messed up by World War I.

– Doris Lessing


I wanted to highlight that whole dreadful process in book publishing that ‘nothing succeeds like success.’

– Doris Lessing


Our society is dependent on some precarious mechanisms, and they are very dicey. They can easily collapse.

– Doris Lessing


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

– Doris Lessing


There is only one real sin and that is to persuade oneself that the second best is anything but second best.

– Doris Lessing


That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.

– Doris Lessing


For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.

– Doris Lessing


When you’re young you think that you’re going to sail into a lovely lake of quietude and peace. This is profoundly untrue.

– Doris Lessing


What the feminists want of me is something they haven’t examined because it comes from religion. They want me to bear witness.

– Doris Lessing


September 11 was terrible but, if one goes back over the history of the IRA, what happened to the Americans wasn’t that terrible.

– Doris Lessing


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.

– Doris Lessing


You cannot escape the fact that women mould your first five years, whether you like it or not. And I can’t say I do like it very much.

– Doris Lessing


There’s an unconscious bias in our society: girls are wonderful boys are terrible. And to be a boy, or young man, growing up, having to listen to all this, it must be painful.

– Doris Lessing


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.

– Doris Lessing


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


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.

– Doris Lessing


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.

– Doris Lessing


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