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Doris Lessing
October 22, 1919 -
Nationality: English
Category: Writer
Subcategory: English Writer

Borrowing is not much better than begging; just as lending with interest is not much better than stealing.


Pleasure resorts are like film stars and royalty... embarrassed by the figures they cut in the fantasies of people who have never met them.


Literature is analysis after the event.


Pearls mean tears.


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


A simple grateful thought turned heavenwards is the most perfect prayer.


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.


There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.


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.

    Topics: Age

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.


In the writing process, the more a story cooks, the better.


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.


Some people obtain fame, others deserve it.


For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.


There is only one real sin and that is to persuade oneself that the second best is anything but second best.


It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.


Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.


Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel.


What is a hero without love for mankind.


If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.


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