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A strong hatred is the best lamp to bear in our hands
by 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

Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one's own Trojan horse.
- Rebecca West

Writing has nothing to do with communication between person and person,
only with communication between different parts of a person's mind.
- 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

 

International relationships are preordained to be clumsy
gestures based on imperfect knowledge.
- 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

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

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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

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

He is every other inch a gentleman.
- Rebecca West

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

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

There is no logical reason why the camel of great art
should pass through the needle of mob intelligence.
- Rebecca West

It is always one's virtues and not one's vices that
precipitate one into disaster.
- Rebecca West

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

A copy of the universe is not what is required of art;
one of the damned things is ample.
- Rebecca West

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is:
I only know that people call me a feminist whenever
I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.
- Rebecca West

Nobody likes having salt rubbed into their wounds,
even if it is the salt of the earth.
- Rebecca West

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

There is no such thing as conversation.
It is an illusion.
There are intersecting monologues, that is all.
- Rebecca West

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

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

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

There is no wider gulf in the universe than yawns between
those on the hither and thither side of vital experience.
- Rebecca West

We all drew on the comfort which is given out by the major works of Mozart,
which is as real and material as the warmth given up by a glass of brandy.
- Rebecca West

Great music is in a sense serene; it is certain of the values it asserts.
- Rebecca West

The American struggle for the vote was much more difficult
than the English for the simple reason that it was much more easy.
- Rebecca West

I write books to find out about things.
- 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

Humanity is never more sphinxlike than when it is expressing itself.
- 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

But there are other things than dissipation that thicken the features.
Tears, for example.
- Rebecca West

I only know that people call me a feminist whenever
I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.
- Rebecca West

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

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

Did St. Francis preach to the birds? Whatever for? If he really
liked birds he would have done better to preach to the cats.
- Rebecca West

The future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is always lived in the eye-of-the-storm
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
- Chinese proverb often quoted by Eleanor Roosevelt

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day, saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We Can Do It!
- WW II US Government Poster

When you reach the end of your rope,
tie a knot and hang on.
- Anonymous Saying
(Sometimes attributed to Franklin D. Roosevelt,
Eleanor Roosevelt, or Thomas Jefferson)

As for accomplishments,
I just did what I had to do as things came along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

People grow through experience
if they meet life honestly and courageously.
This is how character is built.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

You must do the thing that you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do.
There can be no courage unless you're scared.
- Eddie Rickenbacker

I believe that anyone can conquer fear
by doing the things he fears to do,
provided he keeps doing them until he gets
a record of successful experience behind him.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

You have to accept whatever comes
and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage
and with the best that you have to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Do what you feel in your heart to be right.
You'll be criticized anyway.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

What one has to do usually can be done.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

My experience has been that work is
almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Never allow a person to tell you NO
who doesn't have the power to say YES.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Men are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

What is to give light must endure the burning.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Character is higher than intellect.
A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I must dedicate my life to teaching my people,
for only education would make their lot less bitter,
their latent power more strong.
- Jimmy Yen

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

Today, when the winds of adversity blow strong,
redirect their force into the
service of your highest intention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who conquers others is strong;
He who conquers himself is mighty.
- Lao Tzu

Life was meant to be lived,
and curiosity must be kept alive.
One must never, for whatever reason,
turn his back on life.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience
in which I must stop and look fear in the face.
I say to myself, I've lived through this
and can take the next thing that comes along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

In the world there is nothing more
submissive and weak than water.
Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong,
nothing can surpass it.
- Lao Tzu

The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak.
Strong convictions precede great actions.
- Louisa May Alcott

Shallow men believe in luck.
Strong men believe in cause and effect.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-care is critical to having a strong inner foundation.
Taking good care of YOU means the people in your life
will receive the best of you rather than what is left of you.
- Lorraine Cohen


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