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Mary Wesley Quotes and Sayings

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Rebecca is an example of how not to manage men.
The rules of the game never change, it requires subtlety.
- Mary Wesley

Each marriage has to be judged separately,
and we never know what's going on in another person's marriage.
- Mary Wesley

I always read that men don't like intelligent girls,
but I've always found the reverse.
- Mary Wesley

I don't write for any particular kind of person.
- Mary Wesley

 

My father was a soldier and my mother was a great mover.
She once counted up how many places she had lived in
during the first 25 years of her marriage and it came to 20.
- Mary Wesley

Of course risk-taking does not always pay off,
but it's a lot of fun!
- Mary Wesley

I was sent to a finishing school, which didn't last
long when mother found out how badly chaperoned we were.
Then I 'came out' before going to a domestic science school.
- Mary Wesley

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Unimaginative people are spared quite a lot.
They're often much happier, because they don't go through
all the variety of conceptions of the person they love.
- Mary Wesley

I never really know the title of a book until it's finished.
- Mary Wesley

Looking back, I understand that I was teaching myself to write.
- Mary Wesley

Twenty years ago, I was living in a lovely cottage
on the edge of Dartmoor but I couldn't afford to run a car.
- Mary Wesley

It seemed sensible to move to a market town where I could walk everywhere.
- Mary Wesley

They may turn out to be a great disappointment,
or perhaps they may be full of enchanting surprises.
- Mary Wesley

We're all like children.
We may think we grow up, but to me, being grown up is death,
stopping thinking, trying to find out things,
going on learning.
- Mary Wesley

People try much less hard to make a marriage work than
they used to fifty years ago.
Divorce is easier.
- Mary Wesley

I have a garden, and I'm passionately interested in young people.
- Mary Wesley

We all lie to each other, present some sort of front.
- Mary Wesley

That image of the countryside being a threatening place still exists.
People continue to resist the challenge of learning
about aspects of life they don't understand.
- Mary Wesley

You know what it's like to persuade a pigheaded child
to do something they don't want to.
If they hear the same suggestion from someone else,
they'll go right off and do it.
- Mary Wesley

I found out only recently that we were making an index of enemy code signs.
- Mary Wesley

I have deliberately left Sylvester and Julia's appearances
to the reader's imagination.
- Mary Wesley

I remember the evacuee children from towns and cities
throwing stones at the farm animals.
When we explained that if you did that you wouldn't have any milk,
meat or eggs, they soon learned to respect the animals.
- Mary Wesley

A lot of people stop short.
They don't actually die but they say,
'Right I'm old, and I'm going to retire,'
and then they dwindle into nothing.
They go off to Florida and become jolly boring.
- Mary Wesley

Writing Part of the Scenery has been a very different experience.
I have been reminded of people and events,
real and imaginary which have been part of my life.
This book is a celebration of the land which means so much to me.
- Mary Wesley

My first husband would never make up his mind in less than five years,
so I used to get him to think that whatever course
of action needed to be taken was his idea.
Then he'd go right ahead.
- Mary Wesley

Imagination which comes into play in falling in love
is different from any other.
Certainly in my case, and I've fallen in love all my life,
one imagines the person to be as you want them to be.
They frequently turn out to be someone different,
for better or worse.
- Mary Wesley

Women's courage is rather different from men's.
The fact that women have to bring up children and look
after husbands makes them braver at facing long-term issues,
such as illness.
Men are more immediately courageous.
Lots of people are brave in battle.
- Mary Wesley

It was pretty awful for us children because we never
really knew the local children.
Mother was keen for us to learn languages,
so our travels took us to France and Italy,
as well as the West Country.
- Mary Wesley

In my eighties, my best friends are in their fifties,
and I have many friends at university.
It keeps one young, and up with the vocabulary.
That's terribly important, especially for a writer.
- Mary Wesley

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

When I was very young I wanted to be a professional horseback rider.
Then I wanted to be a pop singer.
Then I wanted to be a psychiatrist.
Then I wanted to be a movie director.
- Rebecca De Mornay

America may have great poets and novelists,
but she never will have more than one necromancer.
- Rebecca H. Davis

TO preach a sermon or edit a newspaper were the two
things in life which I always felt I could do with
credit to myself and benefit to the world,
if I only had the chance.
- Rebecca H. Davis

I was an anorexic, beer drinking, class cutting,
doodling, shoplifting, skater chick that was into nature,
art class, and the beach.
- Rebecca Miller

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

It has happened to me to meet many of the men of my
day whom the world agreed to call great.
- Rebecca H. Davis

I've always been fascinated by the way that children
and animals suffer stoically in a way that I don't think adults do.
- Rebecca Miller

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

Yes.
I've been asked to pose nude, but I never have,
and I probably never will.
- Rebecca Romijn

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

But remember, I am no politician, and no seer into souls.
- Rebecca H. Davis

I did not know what my future was going to hold.
- Rebecca Loos

But, after all, we are a young nation,
and vanity is a fault of youth.
- Rebecca H. Davis

Our young people have come to look upon war as a kind of beneficent deity,
which not only adds to the national honor but uplifts
a nation and develops patriotism and courage.
- Rebecca H. Davis

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

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

Sexy at the millennium means having a solid sense of
self but never taking yourself too seriously.
- Rebecca Romijn

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

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

The quality of life decreases with heightened security.
- Rebecca Miller

You will find the poet who wrings the heart of the world,
or the foremost captain of his time,
driving a bargain or paring a potato,
just as you would do.
- Rebecca H. Davis

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

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

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

Luckily, I'm doing other things besides just modeling,
because frankly, I'm a little bored with it.
- Rebecca Romijn

I was in California when this journalist made a blanket
statement about the fact that she did not think that
black men and women had the kind of love relationship
that Rebecca and Nathan had in Sounder.
- Cicely Tyson

Ambition can be a disease, and it feeds on itself.
- Rebecca Miller

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

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

The only hero known to my childhood was Henry Clay.
- Rebecca H. Davis

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

I was just glad to be going to work again.
- Rebecca De Mornay

I think there's a knowingness in my face.
- Rebecca De Mornay

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

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

I wanted control over what was said and what was not said,
rather than holding my head down in shame.
- Rebecca Loos


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