Doris Lessing famous quotes




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

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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.

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What the feminists want of me is something they haven’t examined because it comes from religion. They want me to bear witness.

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When there’s a war, people get married.

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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.

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

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September 11 was terrible but, if one goes back over the history of the IRA, what happened to the Americans wasn’t that terrible.

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Sometimes I think what I write is funny in its quiet way.

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Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.

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

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