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Doris Lessing Quotes & Quotations
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    Borrowing is not much better than begging; just as lending with interest is not much better than stealing. Doris-LessingDoris Lessing
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    For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying. Doris-LessingDoris Lessing
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    If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air. Doris-LessingDoris Lessing
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    In the writing process, the more a story cooks, the better. Doris-LessingDoris Lessing
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    In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools. Doris-LessingDoris Lessing
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    Literature is analysis after the event. Doris-LessingDoris Lessing
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    Man, who is he? Too bad, to be the work of God: Too good for the work of chance! Doris-LessingDoris Lessing
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    Pearls mean tears. Doris-LessingDoris Lessing
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    Pleasure resorts are like film stars and royalty... embarrassed by the figures they cut in the fantasies of people who have never met them. Doris-LessingDoris Lessing
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    Small things amuse small minds. Doris-LessingDoris Lessing
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    Some people obtain fame, others deserve it. Doris-LessingDoris Lessing
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    Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time. Doris-LessingDoris Lessing
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    That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way. Doris-LessingDoris Lessing
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    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-LessingDoris Lessing
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    There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be. Doris-LessingDoris Lessing
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    There is only one real sin and that is to persuade oneself that the second best is anything but second best. Doris-LessingDoris Lessing
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    Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself. Doris-LessingDoris Lessing
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    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. Doris-LessingDoris Lessing
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    Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel. Doris-LessingDoris Lessing
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    What's terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better. Doris-LessingDoris Lessing
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    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. Doris-Lessing/">Doris Lessing
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    With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one - but no one at all - can tell you what to read and when and how. Doris-Lessing/">Doris Lessing
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    You can't be a Red if you're married to a civil servant. Doris-Lessing/">Doris Lessing