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Rebecca West Quotes

(1892-1983), British Author

Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication.

Category: Arts And Artists

In England and America a beard usually means that its owner would rather be considered venerable than virile; on the continent of Europe it often means that its owner makes a special claim to virility.

Category: Beards

Just how difficult it is to write biography can be reckoned by anybody who sits down and considers just how many people know the real truth about his or her love affairs.

Category: Biography

All good biography, as all good fiction, comes down to the study of original sin, of our inherent disposition to choose death when we ought to choose life.

Category: Biography

There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all.

Category: Conversation

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

Category: Critics And Criticism

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

Category: Experience

People call me feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.

Category: Feminism

He is every other inch a gentleman.

Category: Gentlemen

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.

Category: Gossip

But there are other things than dissipation that thicken the features. Tears, for example.

Category: Grief

Now different races and nationalities cherish different ideals of society that stink in each other's nostrils with an offensiveness beyond the power of any but the most monstrous private deed.

Category: Ideology

She saw she had fallen into the hands of one of those doctors who have strayed too far from apparent in the direction of the soul.

Category: Medicine

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

Category: Men And Women

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

Category: Mothers