Jessamyn West Quotes

Quotes : 31

English

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The West is color. Its colors are animal rather than vegetable, the colors of earth and sunlight and ripeness.

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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.

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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.

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Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants.

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Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.

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The basic essential of a great actor is that he loves himself in acting.

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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.

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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.

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We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.

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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.

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The source of one's joy is also often the source of one's sorrow.

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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.

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Nothing is so dear as what you're about to leave.

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Teaching is the royal road to learning.

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We can love an honest rogue, but what is more offensive than a false saint?

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A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever.

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The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.

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Groan and forget it.

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Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.

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Faithfulness to the past can be a kind of death above ground. Writing of the past is a resurrection

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A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.

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Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract.

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A rattlesnake that doesn't bite teaches you nothing.

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A big iron needle stitching the country together.

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If you want a baby, have a new one. Don't baby the old one.

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I've done more harm by the falseness of trying to please than by the honesty of trying to hurt.

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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?

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In their sympathies, children feel nearer animals than adults.

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It is very east to forgive others their mistakes

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Justice is a terrible but necessary thing.

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A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain.

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