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Rebecca West

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I...have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is. I only know that people call me a feminist when I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute.

Rebecca West

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

Rebecca West

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

Rebecca West

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

Rebecca West

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

Rebecca West

There was a definite process by which one made people into friends, and it involved talking to them and listening to them for hours at a time.

Rebecca West

Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology.

Rebecca West

I wonder if we are all wrong about each other, if we are just composing unwritten novels about the people we meet?

Rebecca West

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

Rebecca West

Man is a hating rather than a loving animal.

Rebecca West

It is sometimes very hard to tell the difference between history and the smell of skunk.

Rebecca West

He was every other inch a gentleman.

Rebecca West

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

Rebecca West

The memory, experiencing and re-experiencing, has such power over one's mere personal life, that one has merely lived.

Rebecca West

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

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

Journalism: an ability to meet the challenge of filling the space.

Rebecca West

All men should have a drop of treason in their veins, if nations are not to go soft like so many sleepy pears.

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

There is in every one of us an unending see-saw between the will to live and the will to die.

Rebecca West

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

Rebecca West

Mr. James Joyce is a great man who is entirely without taste.

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

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

Because hypocrisy stinks in the nostrils one is likely to rate it as a more powerful agent for destruction than it is.

Rebecca West
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