💬 SenQuotes.com
 Quotes

Doris Lessing Quotes

British novelist, Birth: 22-10-1919, Death: 17-11-2013 Doris Lessing Quotes
1.
We use our parents like recurring dreams, to be entered into when needed.
Doris Lessing

2.
A simple grateful thought turned heavenwards is the most perfect prayer.
Doris Lessing

3.
Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.
Doris Lessing

4.
If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.
Doris Lessing

5.
Every child has the capacity to be everything.
Doris Lessing

Similar Authors: Mark Twain C. S. Lewis Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Haruki Murakami Ayn Rand Charles Dickens George Eliot Albert Camus Kurt Vonnegut Victor Hugo Chuck Palahniuk Margaret Atwood Virginia Woolf Ernest Hemingway George R. R. Martin
6.
Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.
Doris Lessing

7.
What's terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better.
Doris Lessing

8.
Very few people really care about freedom, about liberty, about the truth, very few. Very few people have guts, the kind of guts on which a real democracy has to depend. Without people with that sort of guts a free society dies or cannot be born.
Doris Lessing

Quote Topics by Doris Lessing: People Thinking Writing Book Men War Years Children Reading Dream World Giving Women Mean Country Long Feminist Running Eye Real Cat Way Inspirational Mother Literature Two Stars Self Events Girl
9.
Things are not quite so simple always as black and white.
Doris Lessing

10.
There is nothing more boring for an intelligent woman than to spend endless amounts of time with small children.
Doris Lessing

11.
I think a writer's job is to provoke questions. I like to think that if someone's read a book of mine, they've had - I don't know what - the literary equivalent of a shower. Something that would start them thinking in a slightly different way perhaps. That's what I think writers are for. This is what our function is.
Doris Lessing

12.
You have to be grown up, really grown up, not merely in years, to understand your parents.
Doris Lessing

13.
Do you know what people really want? Everyone, I mean. Everybody in the world is thinking: I wish there was just one other person I could really talk to, who could really understand me, who'd be kind to me. That's what people really want, if they're telling the truth.
Doris Lessing

14.
Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel.
Doris Lessing

15.
That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.
Doris Lessing

16.
Argument does not teach children or the immature. Only time and experience does that.
Doris Lessing

17.
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

18.
In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.
Doris Lessing

19.
It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.
Doris Lessing

20.
The smell of manure, of sun on foliage, of evaporating water, rose to my head; two steps farther, and I could look down into the vegetable garden enclosed within its tall pale of reeds - rich chocolate earth studded emerald green, frothed with the white of cauliflowers, jeweled with the purple globes of eggplant and the scarlet wealth of tomatoes.
Doris Lessing

21.
What a luxury a cat is, the moments of shocking and startling pleasure in a day, the feel of the beast, the soft sleekness under your palm, the warmth when you wake on a cold night, the grace and charm even in a quite ordinary workaday puss. Cat walks across your room, and in that lonely stalk you see leopard or even panther, or it turns its head to acknowledge you and the yellow blaze of those eyes tells you what an exotic visitor you have here, in this household friend, the cat who purrs as you stroke, or rub his chin, or scratch his head.
Doris Lessing

22.
As you get older, you don't get wiser. You get irritable.
Doris Lessing

23.
Envy has always hidden behind moral indignation.
Doris Lessing

24.
It is my belief that children are full of understanding and know as much as and more than adults, until they are about seven, when they suddenly become stupid, like adults.
Doris Lessing

25.
Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself.
Doris Lessing

26.
Small things amuse small minds.
Doris Lessing

27.
I didn't go to school much, so I taught myself what I knew from reading.
Doris Lessing

28.
Parents should leave books lying around marked "forbidden" if they want their children to read.
Doris Lessing

29.
It is the mark of great people to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important.
Doris Lessing

30.
A public library is the most democratic thing in the world. What can be found there has undone dictators and tyrants.
Doris Lessing

31.
There is only one real sin and that is to persuade oneself that the second best is anything but second best.
Doris Lessing

32.
Hitler admired Stalin, quite properly seeing himself as a mere infant in crime compared to his great exemplar.
Doris Lessing

33.
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

34.
In the writing process, the more the story cooks, the better. The brain works for you even when you are at rest. I find dreams particularly useful. I myself think a great deal before I go to sleep and the details sometimes unfold in the dream.
Doris Lessing

35.
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

36.
The Nobel Prize is run by a self-perpetuated committee. They vote for themselves and get the world's publishing industry to jump to their tune.
Doris Lessing

37.
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.
Doris Lessing

38.
In the writing process, the more a story cooks, the better.
Doris Lessing

39.
You know, when I was a girl, the idea that the British Empire could ever end was absolutely inconceivable. And it just disappeared, like all the other empires.
Doris Lessing

40.
I always hated Tony Blair, from the beginning.
Doris Lessing

41.
I stood looking down out of the window. The street seemed miles down. Suddenly I felt as if I'd flung myself out of the window. I could see myself lying on the pavement. Then I seemed to be standing by the body on the pavement. I was two people. Blood and brains were scattered everywhere. I knelt down and began licking up the blood and brains
Doris Lessing

42.
If you read, you can learn to think for yourself.
Doris Lessing

43.
I was in New York when Clinton was elected the first time, and everyone I knew was in a state of mad euphoria. I wondered what had happened to my hard-headed friends? Almost everyone I knew was drunk on this great white hope. The next time I was in New York, no one had a good word to say about Clinton, but everyone was in love with Hillary. She was the last word. It's all so unreal. Of course, it's no different in England. Here everyone was besotted with Tony Blair. He was a new face. Do people never learn?
Doris Lessing

44.
We spend our lives fighting to get people very slightly more stupid than ourselves to accept truths that the great men have always known.
Doris Lessing

45.
People are just cannibals unless they leave each other alone.
Doris Lessing

46.
Women are the cowards they are because they have been semi-slaves for so long. The number of women prepared to stand up for what they really think, feel, experience, with a man they are in love with is still very small.
Doris Lessing

47.
I have a daughter and two grand-daughters and a great grandson in Africa, in Cape Town.
Doris Lessing

48.
What is a hero without love for mankind.
Doris Lessing

49.
The freedom of women was achieved by two things: One, the Pill. Two... by labour-saving devices like the washing machine. By science, not feminism.
Doris Lessing

50.
we have not yet developed a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination.
Doris Lessing