Popular quotes of Doris Lessing

Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel.

There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.

That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.

As you get older, you don’t get wiser. You get irritable.

Words. Words. I play with words, hoping that some combination, even a chance combination, will say what I want.

Art is the Mirror of our betrayed ideals.

In university they don’t tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.

There is only one real sin, and that is to persuade oneself that the second-best is anything but the second-best

We are all creatures of the stars.

Laughter is by definition healthy.

You simply don’t get to be wise, mature, etc., unless you’ve been a raving cannibal for thirty years or so.


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