Rebecca West quotes
Irish - Author
Born: 21 Dec 1892
Writing has nothing to do with communication between person and person, only with communication between different parts of a person's mind.
It is sometimes very hard to tell the difference between history and the smell of skunk.
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.
I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.
It is always one's virtues and not one's vices that precipitate one into disaster.
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.
It is the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.
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.
The memory, experiencing and re-experiencing, has such power over one's mere personal life, that one has merely lived.
Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology.
People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.
The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots.
Men And Women
Great music is in a sense serene; it is certain of the values it asserts.
Did St. Francis preach to the birds? Whatever for? If he really liked birds he would have done better to preach to the cats.
There is no logical reason why the camel of great art should pass through the needle of mob intelligence.
Mr. James Joyce is a great man who is entirely without taste.
Journalism: an ability to meet the challenge of filling the space.
God forbid that any book should be banned. The practice is as indefensible as infanticide.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
All men should have a drop of treason in their veins, if nations are not to go soft like so many sleepy pears.
A copy of the universe is not what is required of art; one of the damned things is ample.
The trouble about man is twofold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple.
Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one's own Trojan horse.
Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.
He is every other inch a gentleman.
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.