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Jessamyn West Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology Wisdom

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.
- Jessamyn West

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
- Jessamyn West

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

 

It is very east to forgive others their mistakes;
it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for
having witnessed your own.
- Jessamyn West

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 West

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

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

Groan and forget it.
- Jessamyn West

Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants.
- Jessamyn West

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 West

A rattlesnake that doesn't bite teaches you nothing.
- Jessamyn West

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

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

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 West

A big iron needle stitching the country together.
- Jessamyn West

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

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

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

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

In their sympathies, children feel nearer animals than adults.
- Jessamyn West

Justice is a terrible but necessary thing.
- Jessamyn West

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

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

Teaching is the royal road to learning.
- Jessamyn West

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 West

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

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

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 West

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

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

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die,
life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
- Langston Hughes

A tree that is unbending, is easily broken.
- Lao Tzu

It is any day better to stand erect
with a broken and bandaged head
then to crawl on one's belly,
in order to be able to save one's head.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world
that we must love our enemies - or else?
The chain reaction of evil -
hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -
must be broken, or else we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

When a man you like switches from what
he said a year ago, or four years ago,
he is a broad-minded person who has courage enough
to change his mind with changing conditions.
When a man you don't like does it,
he is a liar who has broken his promise.
- Franklin Pierce Adams

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt
until they are too strong to be broken.
- Samuel Johnson

Lovers who have been left, lose confidence and become afraid.
They learn to leave relationships first.
The broken hearted become the heart breakers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Most of us believe that we have
been betrayed by someone outside of us -
in other words someone has done something to hurt us,
been dishonest or broken a promise made:
some trust in some concept was broken.
Indeed someone may have taken an action
that took only their needs into consideration,
they may have not followed through on a promise made,
and they may have not told you the truth.
But their actions have nothing to do with you
and have everything to do with them.
That's why no one can do anything TO you.
They can take actions that involve you that you may not like -
according to your point of view.
But you are not a victim, no way, no how.
- Sheri Rosenthal

Personally, I have fond memories of playing
on slippery rocks on the banks of a rushing river
as a child and hitchhiking in college.
To those who say, "But times are different now,"
I reply that statistically life is much safer now
than in the 1950s, with regard to both crime and accidents.
What has changed is our attitudes.
In those years, a broken leg from falling off a swing
or the back of a tractor was just part of childhood -
an excuse for gathering autographs.
Today that broken leg would be a source
of outrage and probably lawsuits.
I long for a simpler time when life was taken less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The reason why the world lacks unity,
and lies broken and in heaps,
is, because man is disunited with himself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rules are mostly made to be broken
and are too often for the lazy to hide behind.
- Douglas MacArthur

Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard,
very liable to be broken.
- Abigail Adams

I am the Wizard. This world is mine.
I speak. It's done. My realm is fine.
My wand, my tongue. My sword, my voice.
It's good. It's bad. I speak my choice.
I say happy, or I say mad.
I say angry, or I say glad.
I name that drawing on the wall.
It's not graffiti after all.
The past has been broken. The prison's not real.
My word holds the magic - the power to heal.
Intent is my weapon - a sword from above.
Cruel hate, fear, and anger transmute into love.
This world's my joy. This mouth's my toy.
Reborn -I'm a brand new girl or boy.
I choose. I speak. My will is done.
Come join. Come play. This can be fun.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
- Tennessee Williams

Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a
miracle by which what is broken is made whole again,
what is soiled is made clean again.
- Dag Hammarskjold

Deadlines are meant to be broken.
And I just keep breaking them.
- Sarah McLachlan

My parents had broken through the shackles of dogma.
- Franz Boas

The rules are learnt in order to be broken,
but if you don't know them, then something is missing.
- Nicolas Roeg

The violence had broken out in both sides,
but our philosophy as a party was very,
very clear.
- John Hume

What white man has ever seen me drunk? Who has ever
come to me hungry and left me unfed? Who has seen me
beat my wives or abuse my children? What law have I broken?
- Sitting Bull

Thus the whole country was broken into many shreds
and patches of sovereignty.
- John Lothrop Motley

I had a Southern accent but I had broken it so hard.
- Josh Lucas

I'm just looking for an angel with a broken wing.
- Jimmy Page

Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind,
and has given up worrying once and for all.
- Ovid

I can't think of a major story that we have broken that was incorrect.
But we have had to correct some things that were false;
we have had to retract things.
- Mary Hart

I had just broken up with my wife so I was searching for another way to live.
- Michael Davis

In violent streets and broken homes,
the cry of anguished souls is not for more laws but
for more conscience and character.
- Cal Thomas

It's easy to be led astray when you're so broken.
People take advantage of you.
- Willie Aames

Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again,
never to be broken off.
- Saint Francis de Sales

Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint
of light on broken glass.
- Anton Chekhov

I'm youth, I'm joy, I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg.
- James M. Barrie

In seeking absolute truth we aim at the unattainable
and must be content with broken portions.
- William Osler

As it enters the ear, does it come in like broken glass
or does it come in like honey?
- Eddie Condon

Don't fix what's not broken.
- Robert Atkins

No one person could have broken up a band,
especially one the size of the Beatles.
- Yoko Ono

Our current tax system is broken.
- Dick Armey

The human heart has hidden treasures,
In secret kept, in silence sealed; The thoughts,
the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures,
Whose charms were broken if revealed.
- Charlotte Bronte

Truth always originates in a minority of one,
and every custom begins as a broken precedent.
- Will Durant

God save us from people who do the morally right thing.
It's always the rest of us who get broken in half.
- Paddy Chayefsky


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