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Doris Lessing Quotes

(1919), British Novelist

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.

Category: Age And Aging

Borrowing is not much better than begging; just as lending with interest is not much better than stealing.

Category: Borrowing

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

Category: Cats

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

Category: Colleges And Universities

Better Counsel comes overnight.

Category: Counsel

This world is run by people who know how to do things. They know how things work. They are equipped. Up there, there's a layer of people who run everything. But we --we're just peasants. We don't understand what's going on, and we can't do anything.

Category: Experts

Some people obtain fame, others deserve it.

Category: Fame

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

Category: Faults

What is a hero without love for mankind.

Category: Heroes And Heroism

Man who is he? Too bad, to be the work of God: Too good for the work of chance!

Category: Humankind

Laughter is by definition healthy.

Category: Laughter

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

Category: Learning

Literature is analysis after the event.

Category: Literature

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

Category: Love

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.

Category: Political Correctness