Doris Lessing

British novelist

Lived from: 1919-

Quotes: Doris Lessing

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    A simple grateful thought turned heavenwards is the most perfect prayer.
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    Better Counsel comes overnight.
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    Borrowing is not much better than begging; just as lending with interest is not much better than stealing.
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    If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.
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    In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.
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    It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.
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    It is the mark of great people to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important.
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    Laughter is by definition healthy.
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    Literature is analysis after the event.
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    Man who is he? Too bad, to be the work of God: Too good for the work of chance!
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    Political correctness is the natural continuum from the party line. What we are seeing once again is a self-appointed group of vigilantes imposing their views on others. It is a heritage of communism, but they don't seem to see this.
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    Some people obtain fame, others deserve it.
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    Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.
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    That's what learning is. You suddenly understand something you understood all your life, but in a new way.
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    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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