Doris Lessing Quotes

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Born: October 22, 1919, Kermanshah, Persia (now Iran)
Birth Country: Persia (now Iran)
Died: London, England, UK, November 17, 2013
Occupation: Author

1.
All my friends' mothers were appalling women.
- Doris Lessing

2.
For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.
- Doris Lessing

3.
I do not think that marriage is one of my talents. I've been much happier unmarried than married.
- Doris Lessing

4.
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

5.
I don't think that the feminist movement has done much for the characters of women.
- Doris Lessing

6.
I hate Iran. I hate the Iranian government. It's a cruel and evil government.
- Doris Lessing

7.
I think a lot of romanticizing has gone on with the women's movement.
- Doris Lessing

8.
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

9.
I wanted to highlight that whole dreadful process in book publishing that 'nothing succeeds like success.'
- Doris Lessing

10.
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

11.
In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.
- Doris Lessing

12.
It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.
- Doris Lessing

13.
It's lovely to have money to give away - that's the bonus of winning the Nobel.
- Doris Lessing

14.
Men are restless, adventurous. Women are conservative - despite what current ideology says.
- Doris Lessing

15.
My father was in the First World War.
- Doris Lessing

16.
Our society is dependent on some precarious mechanisms, and they are very dicey. They can easily collapse.
- Doris Lessing

17.
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

18.
Sometimes I think what I write is funny in its quiet way.
- Doris Lessing

19.
Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.
- Doris Lessing

20.
That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.
- Doris Lessing

21.
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

22.
There is only one real sin and that is to persuade oneself that the second best is anything but second best.
- Doris Lessing

23.
There was a time when young people respected learning and literature and now they don't.
- Doris Lessing

24.
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

25.
Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel.
- Doris Lessing

26.
We use our parents like recurring dreams, to be entered into when needed.
- Doris Lessing

27.
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

28.
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

29.
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

30.
When there's a war, people get married.
- Doris Lessing

31.
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

32.
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

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