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"Don't believe in miracles - depend on them."
Laurence J. Peter
Rebecca West Quotes
A copy of the universe is not what is required of art; one of the damned things is ample.
Rebecca West

A strong hatred is the best lamp to bear in our hands as we go over the dark places of life, cutting away the dead things men tell us to revere.
Rebecca West

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

Did St. Francis preach to the birds? Whatever for? If he really liked birds he would have done better to preach to the cats.
Rebecca West

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.
Rebecca West

God forbid that any book should be banned. The practice is as indefensible as infanticide.
Rebecca West

Great music is in a sense serene; it is certain of the values it asserts.
Rebecca West

He is every other inch a gentleman.
Rebecca West

He was every other inch a gentleman.
Rebecca West

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.
Rebecca West

I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.
Rebecca West

If the whole human race lay in one grave, the epitaph on its headstone might well be: "It seemed a good idea at the time."
Rebecca West

It is always one's virtues and not one's vices that precipitate one into disaster.
Rebecca West

It is the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.
Rebecca West

Journalism is the ability to meet the challenge of filling space.
Rebecca West

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.
Rebecca West

Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.
Rebecca West

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

She was like the embodiment of all women who have felt an astonished protest because their children have died before them.
Rebecca West

The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots.
Rebecca West

The trouble about man is twofold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple.
Rebecca West

Writing has nothing to do with communication between person and person, only with communication between different parts of a person's mind.
Rebecca West

Type:
Author
Date of Birth:
1892-12-21
Year of Death:
1983
Nationality:
Irish
 

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