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Rebecca West Quotes and Sayings

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

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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

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

He is every other inch a gentleman.
- Rebecca West

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I write books to find out about things.
- Rebecca West

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

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

Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.
- Barbara Kingsolver

The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness.
When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe.
You relinquish that position to your children.
- Jessica Lange

With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood.
- Isadora Duncan

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.
- Robert Browning

I stand fearlessly for small dogs, the American Flag,
motherhood and the Bible.
That's why people love me.
- Art Linkletter

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect.
Everything gets reduced to essentials.
- Meryl Streep

Morality and its victim, the mother -
what a terrible picture!
Is there indeed anything more terrible,
more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?
- Emma Goldman

Motherhood is at its best when the tender chords of
sympathy have been touched.
- Paul Harris

Motherhood is priced Of God, at price no man may dare
To lessen or misunderstand.
- Helen Hunt Jackson

When motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning,
not the result of ignorance or accident,
its children will become the foundation of a new race.
- Margaret Sanger

Motherhood is...
difficult and...
rewarding.
- Gloria Estefan

None of my own experiences ever finds its way into my work.
However, the stages of my life - motherhood,
middle age, etc.
- often influence my subject matter.
- Anne Tyler

I've always been so apathetic.
I figured, OK, maybe the world is going to fall down around me.
Now I want to make a better world...
that's motherhood.
- Cass Elliot

Sexual liberation, as a slogan, turns out to be another kind of bondage.
For a woman it offers orgasm as her ultimate and major fulfillment;
it's better than motherhood.
- Victoria Billings

First of all, returning from motherhood,
I was looking for something lighter,
and I wasn't as much attracted to Kate as I was to
the relationship between the two people.
- Tea Leoni

Take motherhood: nobody ever thought of putting it
on a moral pedestal until some brash feminists pointed out,
about a century ago, that the pay is lousy and the
career ladder nonexistent.
- Barbara Ehrenreich

I never knew motherhood could be so truly gratifying until I had Natasha.
- Natalie Wood

Completeness? Happiness? These words don't come close
to describing my emotions.
There truly is nothing I can say to capture what motherhood means to me,
particularly given my medical history.
- Anita Baker

Of all the haunting moments of motherhood,
few rank with hearing your own words come out of your daughter's mouth.
- Victoria Secunda

Motherhood change me because it is so fundamental what
you're doing for another person.
And you are able to do even though it takes a lot.
- Meg Ryan

The question of peace, progress and prosperity,
it's a motherhood statement, all of us like it.
- Sellapan Ramanathan

There is no theoretical study of motherhood.
You know, before I became a mother, I did play a mother,
but I was like - I was more thinking of my own mother.
I was doing my mother.
- Joan Chen

The purpose of The Motherhood Manifesto is:
mothers really need to be given the ability to parent.
- Joan Blades

Until women learn to want economic independence,
and until they work out a way to get this independence
without denying themselves the joys of love and motherhood,
it seems to me feminism has no roots.
- Crystal Eastman

The only thing that seems eternal and natural in motherhood is ambivalence.
- Jane Lazarre

Motherhood in all its guises and permutations is more art than science.
- Melinda M. Marshall

The best thing that could happen to motherhood already has.
Fewer women are going into it.
- Victoria Billings

I value mothers and motherhood enormously.
For every inattentive or abusive mother in my fiction
I think you'll find a dozen or so who are neither.
- William Trevor

The most consistent gift and burden of motherhood is advice.
- Susan Chira

I had a dozen years to act before starting a family
then found that motherhood dwarfed everything else.
Once or twice a year, I take a project that appeals
to me for its redeeming social value.
- Sissy Spacek

Passion has always been important to me.
That won't change.
What changes in a woman's perspective.
I mean, I have two kids now.
I'm a single parent balancing motherhood and my career.
That changes the equation.
- Jody Watley

Other than motherhood, the eight years that I spent
at the University of Wisconsin,
Madison, I have incredibly fond memories of.
It's a beautiful place, with four seasons up in Wisconsin.
And really wonderful people.
- Laurel Clark

Motherhood has relaxed me in many ways.
You learn to deal with crisis.
I've become a juggler, I suppose.
It's all a big circus, and nobody who knows me believes I can manage,
but sometimes I do.
- Jane Seymour


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