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Rebecca West – 13 Quotes

 

13 Quotes by Rebecca West

 

Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.

– Rebecca West


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


Writing has nothing to do with communication between person and person, only with communication between different parts of a person’s mind.

– Rebecca West


There is no wider gulf in the universe than yawns between those on the hither and thither side of vital experience.

– Rebecca West


It is sometimes very hard to tell the difference between history and the smell of skunk.

– Rebecca West


There is no logical reason why the camel of great art should pass through the needle of mob intelligence.

– Rebecca West


International relationships are preordained to be clumsy gestures based on imperfect knowledge.

– Rebecca West


Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.

– Rebecca West


Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one’s own Trojan horse.

– Rebecca West


Great music is in a sense serene it is certain of the values it asserts.

– Rebecca West


Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy but after a war it seems more like astrology.

– Rebecca West


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.

– Rebecca West


The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots.

– Rebecca West