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Jessamyn West Quotes

Jessamyn West Quotes & Quotations
Jessamyn West
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    A big iron needle stitching the country together. Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    A rattlesnake that doesn't bite teaches you nothing. Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain. Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    Faithfulness to the past can be a kind of death above ground. Writing of the past is a resurrection; the past then lives in your words and you are free. Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    Groan and forget it. Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    If you train people properly, they won't be able to tell a drill from the real thing. If anything, the real thing will be easier. Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    If you want a baby, have a new one. Don't baby the old one. Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    In my time and neighborhood (and in my soul) there was only one standard by which a woman measured success: did some man want her? Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own. Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own. Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    Justice is a terrible but necessary thing. Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    Nothing is so dear as what you're about to leave. Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    Only a fool would refuse to enter a fool's paradise when that's the only paradise he'll ever have a chance to enter. Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants. Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary. Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    Teaching is the royal road to learning. Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    The basic essential of a great actor is that he loves himself in acting. Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future. Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    The sick soon come to understand that they live in a different world from that of the well and that the two cannot communicate. Jessamyn_WestJessamyn West
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    The West is color. Its colors are animal rather than vegetable, the colors of earth and sunlight and ripeness. Jessamyn_West/21.php">Jessamyn West
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    There are two barriers that often prevent communication between the young and their elders. The first is middle-aged forgetfulness of the fact that they themselves are no longer young. The second is youthful ignorance of the fact that the middle aged are still alive. Jessamyn_West/22.php">Jessamyn West
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    Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking. Jessamyn_West/23.php">Jessamyn West
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    You read a book from beginning to end. You run a business the opposite way. You start with the end, and then you do everything you must to reach it. Jessamyn_West/24.php">Jessamyn West